The position in relation to staff employed by my Department is that none of those who have retired in 2012 have been re-employed.
The data in my Department's databases in respect of teachers in Primary, Secondary and Community/Comprehensive schools indicated that four teachers who retired in February 2012 were re-employed in a temporary capacity in primary schools after the 1st March 2012. The periods of their employment varied.
Two hundred and fifty four teachers who retired in February 2012 were re-employed in the period March to May in Secondary and Comprehensive schools. These teachers were employed on a casual basis. The Deputy will be aware that the managerial authorities of second level schools were allowed to re-employ teachers of examination classes who retired in February 2012 from the 1st March until the end of the 2011/12 school year to minimise disruption to examination students.
The data also indicates that sixty primary teachers who retired in February 2012 were re-employed in a casual basis between March and May, 2012.
The data in relation to teachers employed by VECs is not readily available.
A circular (Circular 31/2011) governing the recruitment of teachers was issued in May 2011. This circular sets out to ensure, as far as possible, that people appointed to teach are registered teachers with qualifications appropriate to the sector and suitable to the post for which they are employed and that unemployed teachers are offered employment in preference to those who have retired.