The State of Pay

SparkSafe Licence to Practice (LtP) has revealed the findings from its 2015 Pay and Conditions Report and it has thrown up some interesting findings for the electrical industry in Northern Ireland.

The survey asked workers for their views on a range of industry-related matters, including pay and conditions, working practices, training requirements as well as job change and career plans.

Everyone working in the electrical industry was invited to participate – whether working as an apprentice, electrical labourer, or contracts manager. The survey was entirely anonymous – but asked that respondents did at least provide their gender, age, and the region in which they worked, as well as their job/title and salary.

More than five out of ten workers reported that their hourly rate of pay had risen in the previous 12 months, with just under three quarters of those surveyed expecting their hourly rate to increase in the next 12 months.

Just over 40% of workers reported that their company expected them to work overtime on a regular basis. Almost half of those who worked regular overtime were getting paid at a higher rate, with just over one third getting paid at their normal rate. Worryingly, one in ten workers did not get paid for the additional hours they worked.


Nonetheless, 84% of those surveyed reported that they were happy with their working hours, with almost 87% commenting that they would

recommend this as a career. Overall, confidence levels were high, with more than eight out of ten workers stating that they felt confident about their work situation in 2015.

A total of 86% of workers felt enthusiastic about their job and believed that they had a rewarding career, with almost half of all workers reporting that they had no plans to leave the industry.

Of those considering a job change, 45% stated that this would be linked to better pay. This was followed by the chance to work abroad (28%), closely followed by the opportunity for new challenges (26%) and increased job satisfaction (20%).


Those that completed the survey reported that increased fuel/transport costs (44%), workload/stress (33%), job security (32%), and cuts to income (28%) were the biggest concerns.

Have you got something to say about industry pay and working conditions?

If so, visit and take part in the 2016 Pay and Conditions survey. The survey is completely anonymous and should take no longer than 15 minute to complete. Everyone working in the electrical industry is welcome to participate.
T: 028 2566 6835, e-mail or visit for more information.