Construction industry and building trades / Brief overview

Brief overview of the collective agreement

editorial note Source: Gewerkschaft Bau - Holz

Blue-collar workers / white-collar workers
Blue-collar workers

Applicable in

In force since
1 May 2021

Results of the latest round of negotiations
  • Increase of wages under the collective agreement by 2,1%

Minimum wage / minimum salary
  • Simple tasks: from EUR 12.00 to EUR 13.09
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 13.78 to EUR 15.37
  • Tasks requiring high qualification: from EUR 16.88 to EUR 17.35

Apprenticeship pay
1st year of apprenticeship: EUR 6.15
2nd year of apprenticeship: EUR 9.22
3rd year of apprenticeship: EUR 12.30
4th year of apprenticeship: EUR 13.83

Supplements and allowances
Various supplements for difficult working conditions depending on occupational group (e.g. dirt, hazard and hardship allowance).

Working time
The regular working time is 39 hours per week.
Overtime supplement: usually 50%, during specified times 100%.

Notice periods
Notice periods according to the length of the employee’s employment period with the company:
  • Employee/employer:
    • -
      at any time
    • -
      as of the end of the calendar week
    • -
      up to three weeks

Please note: Expiry of claims
Please note that any and all claims arising from the employment relationship with the employer lapse within three months after termination of the employment relationship unless asserted in writing. If such claims are denied by the employer, an action must be filed within eight weeks.

Other socio-political results achieved
  • Daily allowances for works on construction sites Compensation starting from three hours and/or nine hours in case of a daily return journey
  • Special payment: Christmas bonus (
  • Please note: The Construction Worker’s Annual Leave and Severance Pay Act (
    Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungsgesetz, BUAG
    ) applies.