Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (213)

Michael Ring

Question:

329 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Finance the reason people employed to replace Oireachtas secretarial assistants for maternity leave periods are paid at a lower rate than the person they are replacing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1751/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

Secretarial assistants in the Houses of the Oireachtas are employed on an incremental pay scale starting on an annual salary of €18,741 per annum and progressing to a maximum of €36,160 per annum. The rates quoted are with effect from 1 January 2004. Progression through the incremental scale is based on length of service and satisfactory performance in the grade. In line with normal Civil Service practice, temporary staff recruited to cover for secretarial assistants absent on maternity leave are employed at the minimum point of the scale.