Trades related to construction (GBH) / 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 2020

Results of the latest round of negotiations
  • Increase of minimum wages under the collective agreement by 2.9%
  • Actual wages: Overpayments unchanged (parallel adjustment)

Minimum wage / minimum salary
  • Simple tasks: from EUR 11.08 to EUR 11.57
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 12.88 to EUR 13.99
  • Tasks requiring high qualification: EUR 14.69

Apprenticeship pay
1st year of apprenticeship: EUR 4.66
2nd year of apprenticeship: EUR 6.96
3rd year of apprenticeship: EUR 10.41

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

Working time
The regular working time is 39 hours per week.
Supplement for extra hours: 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: from one week 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 unless asserted in writing. If such claims are denied by the employer, an action must be filed within three months.

Other results achieved regarding socio-political aspects
  • Lump-sum reimbursement for work at external workplaces (
  • Special payment: Christmas bonus (
  • Please note: The Construction Worker’s Annual Leave and Severance Pay Act (
    Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungsgesetz, BUAG
    ) applies.