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Carpenter / Joiner

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Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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€13k > 38 
Carpenter / Joiner
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 38 
Related Information:
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 25 - 38

The Construction Industry is governed by a Registered Employment Agreement (REA). The REA is a nationally negotiated deal which sets legally binding minimum rates of pay and conditions. All building workers are entitled to these benefits. It is unlawful to be paid less.

Rates for the Construction Industry

CRAFTSMEN:
01-Jan-08 €18.60
04-Feb-11 €17.21

CONSTRUCTION OPERATIVES (% of craft rate)
Grade A (Technical Operative) 97% €18.04 €16.69
Grade B (Skilled Operative) 91% €16.93 €15.66
Grade C (Semi-Skilled) 88% €16.37 €15.14
Grade D (Basic Operative) 80% €14.88 €13.77

Grade A:
Technical Operative Grade (97% of craft rate): this grade includes skilled operatives with four years’ experience and certification-such as banksmen, crane drivers, scaffolders, steel fixers. It also includes Heavy Plant Operatives.

Grade B:
Skilled Operatives (91% of craft rate): includes medium plant operatives, teleport drivers, pipe layers, basic ticket scaffolders and craft-persons attendants.

Grade C:
Semi-skilled Operative (88% of craft rate): construction operatives with a minimum of one year’s experience.

Grade D:
Basic Operative (80% of craft rate): construction operatives with less than one year’s experience who are capable of carrying out basic general labouring requirements, including occasional operation of small plant items.
Data Source(s):
SOLAS / REA Rates

Last Updated: March, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

The craft of carpentry and joinery is varied. It includes setting out, production and assembly of joinery such as stairs, doors, windows, floors and built-in furniture.


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1Total Records: 3

Glenn Lucas
Woodturner  

Glen Lucas is a professional Woodturner. Following his Leaving Certificate he did some classes with professional woodturners.  He also undertook a FÁS cabinet making course.  Following a Business Skills Course which he took with the Craft Council of Ireland he set up his own workshop in 1997.

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David Morgan
Carpenter  

David Morgan is a carpenter working with P & L Carpentry in Co. Meath. David has previously taken home first prize at the National Ireland Skills Comptetition and was also chosen to represent Ireland in the world skills championships. 

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Oisin Murphy
Apprentice Carpenter  
Oisín Murphy and Daniel Cowley are both Carpenters with John Sisk & Son Ltd. Oisín is approaching the end of his final year as an apprentice with the company. Both Oisín and Daniel highlight the importance of Maths, Art and Construction Studies as good subject backgrounds for this job. 

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Carpenters/joiners use their skills to make structures and fittings such as windows, doors, stairs, furniture and shop fittings from wood and wood materials. The carpenter/joiner cuts, shapes and joins wood, using a wide range of tools including hammers, planes, chisels, screwdrivers and measuring tapes. Also, they often use power tools and cutting machines.  
 
The carpenter/joiner has to study drawings, make calculations and select suitable materials to meet design requirements. 


Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a carpenter/joiner you will need to be physically fit and able to work well with your hands. Attention to detail and an eye for shape is also important.  
 
You will also need a head for heights because you may need to climb ladders and work on scaffolding.


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Organisation: SOLAS
  Address: Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Road, Dublin, 1
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