Questions Nos. 1 to 12, inclusive, answered orally.

Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Questions (13)

Martin Ferris


13. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide in tabular form a breakdown of the number of public sector employees within the annual gross salary bands (details supplied). [42518/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The closest data currently available within the Department to that sought by the Deputy indicating the estimated breakdown of employee numbers on a whole time equivalent basis (based on a whole time equivalent figure of 290,000) by salary range within the public service post 1 July 2013 is set out in Table 1 below. The estimate takes account of the reductions in pay arising from the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act, 2009, and the Financial Emergency Measures Act 2013, but does not take account of the impact of the Pension Related Deduction (PRD) or any offsetting reductions in taxes and levies.


0 - 30,000


30,000 to 40,000


40,000 to 50,000


50,000 to 60,000


60,000 to 70,000


70,000 to 80,000


80,000 to 90,000


90,000 to 100,000


100,000 to 125,000


125,000 to 150,000


Over 150,000




*Rounded to nearest 100

Semi-State Bodies Remuneration

Questions (14, 48)

Robert Troy


14. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to allow commercial semi-State companies to resume paying bonuses to executives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42507/13]

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Thomas P. Broughan


48. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the ban on chief executive officers of commercial semi-State companies receiving bonuses will remain in place next year. [42295/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 48 together.

In 2012 the Government reviewed the position on the payment of performance related reward schemes or bonuses for Chief Executive Officers in Commercial State Companies and agreed to continue with the policy which it introduced in 2011 of requesting the State Companies concerned not to award such bonus payments in light of the serious state of the public finances. Furthermore the Government agreed to continue with the practice of excluding the payment of bonus provisions in the employment contracts of newly appointed CEOs to such State Companies as well as in respect of contract renewals for incumbent CEOs.

The requirement to cease such forms of bonus payment together with other basic salary reductions introduced by this Government in respect of the CEOs in State Companies was necessitated by the very difficult financial and economic circumstances facing this country. The Government will accordingly continue to consider future policy developments in relation to bonus payments for the CEOs concerned in the light of prevailing circumstances.