Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (235)

Dara Calleary


235. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that PRSI contributions in respect of accrued holiday pay, covering actual school holiday weeks, is not appearing on substitute teachers' P60s at the end of the financial year; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Department of Social Protection is counting such holiday weeks in the case of substitute teachers therefore denying such teachers the opportunity of receiving credits (details supplied); if he will acknowledge that this situation is leaving such teachers in a precarious position in respect of their future pensions and or social welfare claims; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9542/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In the case of teachers who obtain part-time hours in a casual /non-casual capacity in post primary schools, the rate of pay is based on the annual rates of pay divided by 735 hours (maximum teaching contact hours per annum) to get an hourly rate, as opposed to the annual rate of pay divided by 365 and multiplied by the hours worked plus 8% holiday pay. This ensures that qualified part-time teachers are paid the equivalent of the full time rate of pay over the shorter period of time. The rate was agreed in negotiations with the teacher unions.

PRSI contributions are deducted for periods of employment. Part time casual and non-casual teachers are not employed during school holiday periods and therefore PRSI contributions are not paid for these periods.