Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (32)

Martin Ferris

Question:

31 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual salary of a Secretary General; the number of pay points for a Secretary General; the number of years it will take for a Secretary General to reach his or her maximum pay point; the annual salary of a clerical officer; the number of pay points for a clerical officer; and the number of years it will take for a clerical officer to reach his or her maximum pay point. [32372/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Expenditure)

Under my proposals approved by Government in June 2011 for the imposition of an annual salary cap in the public service of €200,000, the existing annual salary rates (PPC) for Secretary General were reduced to €200,000 (Level I and Level II) and €189,474 for Secretary General Level III. These are single pay points for Secretary General and no additional remuneration is payable. All Secretaries General with approved salary levels above the salary cap have voluntarily waived the additional pay.

The annual salary rate for a clerical officer (PPC) standard scale ranges from €23,177 to €37,341 through fourteen points over seventeen years. The current Secretary General Level I rate with the application of the pension related deduction represents a reduction of some 40% compared with the rate applying in December 2009 while the reduction on a similar basis at the maximum of the clerical officer rate is some 11%.