Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (162, 163, 166, 167, 171)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

162. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the net saving to the Exchequer if all non commercial State agencies or bodies pay was capped at €100,000. [49133/12]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

163. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the gross saving to the Exchequer if all State agencies or bodies pay was capped at €100,000. [49134/12]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

166. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide in detail the model his Department applies in responding to Parliamentary Questions regarding pay related saving to the Exchequer. [49188/12]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

167. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Health Service Executive, vocational educational committees, local authorities and non commercial State agencies/bodies are included in his Departments calculation of a gross pay related saving to the Exchequer of €257.5 million if all public service pay were capped at €100,000; and if so, if he will provide the individial savings figure for each. [49189/12]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

171. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public servants in receipt of annual gross salaries of €100,000 or more; and if the figure provided includes local authorities, vocational educational committees, commercial semi State companies, non-commercial State agencies/bodies workers. [49296/12]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 162, 163, 166, 167 and 171 together.

I refer to my replies to Questions No. 23619/12 of 10 May 2012, 25533/12 of 22 May 2012, 32369/12 of 4 July, 2012, 39603, 39605 and 39606/12 of 19 September 2012, 41225/12 of 27 September 2012, and 45732/12 of 23 October, 2012.

The reply to Question No: 23619/12 of 10 May was an estimate in respect of the Exchequer pay bill 2013. The pay range profile has been updated since my reply to reflect the significant reductions in the numbers of public servants in the 1st quarter of 2012 and the current pay data profile (based on 292,000 whole time equivalent public servants) is referenced in detail in my replies to Question Nos. 39603, 39605 and 39606/12 of 19 September 2012 and 41225/12 of 27 September 2012.

Based on the current numbers and pay range profile available to my Department, the estimated full year gross saving in the Exchequer and Local Government pay bill arising from a cap of €100,000 is €290m. The estimate takes account of the reductions in pay arising from the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act, 2009, but does not take account of any offsetting reductions in taxes and levies. As the combined effect of the estimated marginal tax rate and the pension related reduction at a pay level for a public servant of €100,000 p.a. or higher is at least 62.5%, the estimated net savings would be reduced to less than €110m

Estimates are based on basic salary range (excluding premium pay and allowances) but include employer’s pay related social insurance. The Exchequer pay bill estimates include public servants serving in the Health Service Executive, Vocational Educational Committees and non commercial State agencies/bodies. They do not include staff of commercial State -sponsored bodies or bodies funded by the State outside the public service since the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is not responsible for setting the rate of pay for employees (other than the Chief Executives of the commercial semi-State bodies) outside the public service.

As the estimates are based on aggregated data across both the Exchequer funded and Local Authority funded pay bills, detailed data in the format sought by the Deputy (broken down by sector, State body, Department or unit) is a matter for the respective Minister responsible for the Department/Bodies concerned.