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New ERO for Security Industry Signed into Law

This new ERO amends the 2017 ERO for the Irish Security Industry with an effective date of the 4th of September 2023.

04 September 2023 10:25

At long last after the unnecessary, needless and unwarranted legal impediments which only served to procrastinate, delay and frustrate the ERO process has now been removed and as a result the 2023 ERO has been signed in to Irish law by Minister Neale Richmond, the Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on Friday the 25th of August 2023 with an effective date of the Monday the 4th of September 2023.

This means that the 2017 ERO core rate of Security Officers of €11.65 now gets an increase of €1.25 per hour to get the new 2023 ERO core rate to €12.90 per hour. There will be an unsocial hours premium of €8.40 per shift for those not already in receipt of one.

Irish Security Industry Employment Regulation Orders (ERO) are in addition to agreements such as the national minimum wage and other local agreements with staff. Security staff in Ireland since the 4th of September 2023 are now covered by the new statutory instrument S.I. No. 424 of 2023. This agreement deals with the pay and working conditions of the Irish Security staff concerned and will be included and amends an employee’s contract of employment.

Increase in pay and working conditions for Security staff in Ireland under the new 2023 ERO.

Mr Brian Doyle, Securitas Ireland, Key Accounts Manager is part of the Irish Security Employer Committee that was formed by the Security Institute of Ireland that sits on the employer side of the Security Joint Labour Committee (JLC) which is tasked with negotiating with the Irish Trade Union representing the employees as regards the formulations of any new Employment Regulation Orders (ERO).

Securitas Management are mandated by the Securitas Toolbox to influence and lead the Security Industry where we operate for the betterment of everyone in the industry, a new Security ERO is one way for standards and terms and conditions to rise for all staff in the Irish Security Industry.

As a result of many months of talks, meetings, and negotiations a new ERO for the Security Industry was agreed, however due to unfortunate court challenges, the introduction was delayed and only came into Irish law on the 4th of September 2023. 

The PSA licensing standard PSA28:2013, requires contractors to comply with legally enforceable legislation in relation to pay rates and conditions. The PSA, through its inspection regime, will monitor compliance with the new ERO and will take action against those found to be non-compliant and Securitas Ireland fully supports this stance by the PSA. 

This new ERO immediately uplifted all Security Staff’s Core rate of pay from €11.65 to €12.90, an increase of €1.25 per hour.

This is a small victory for the preservation of the wage and condition standards for the Irish Security Industry and one that is firmly welcomed by Securitas Ireland. “We welcome this decision and look forward to continuing to work with the Irish Security Industry Stakeholders to improve the pay and conditions of security officers in Ireland.” Ray Hoare, Country President, Securitas Ireland

Statutory Minimum Remuneration and Conditions of Employment

This ERO established that prior to the 4th of September 2023 ERO, the core payment rate of all security officers to whom the order applied to was €11.65 and this core pay would change to €12.90 upon the enactment of the ERO and now has established €12.90 as the legal core rates for all Security Officers as a term and condition of their contract of employments in Ireland. This means that for all Security Officers regardless of their composite rates who are not part of any pre ERO uplift agreements are entitled to a €1.25 uplift as the €1.25 has only been added to their core rate of pay, which is €11.65 prior to the 4th of September 2023.

However Securitas Security Services Ireland have committed to offering 36 hours per week contracts of employments to those staff who pass their probation, we also pay for all PSA Licences for our staff and we also top up our staff pensions with a percentage of their salary, these measures are outside the ERO which is a minimum rate agreement and in that regard we endeavour where we can to offer our staff higher hourly rates, wages and salaries that offer a higher attainable gross pay than is available from what is attainable under the ERO.

These measures when combined are unparalleled today within the Irish Security Industry and proves, that Securitas put our staff first and it’s because our staff Make the Difference every day.

Please see a copy of the latest Irish Security Industry Employment Regulation Order.