Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (84)

Catherine Murphy


84. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reasons newly appointed teachers who commenced between the 1 January 2011 and 1 February 2012 and who should be entitled to payment at point four of the relevant pay scale, that is, those who formerly received a qualification allowance, have not yet been paid at the rate specified in their contracts; when he expects the difficulties within the payroll section regarding this matter to be overcome; if he will commit to taking extra steps to ensure the problem is resolved quickly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12061/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Following on from the review of allowances in the public service, revised salary scales for teachers were agreed and Circular 008/2013 was published on 25th January setting out the new scales. These new arrangements affect some teachers appointed since January 2011, depending on their teaching service and registration details. Teachers appointed since February 2012, depending on registration and employment history will be placed on the new agreed scales and qualification and other allowances will not be paid to appointees since the 1st February 2012. My Department is currently adapting the payroll systems to take account of the new scales and to ensure that the correct rate of pay is applied to teachers. When the developments are completed, all teachers will be paid the correct rate and arrears due, if any, will be paid.