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Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 9 July 2014

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Questions (175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

175. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pre-Croke Park agreement pay and conditions to those earning €35,000 or less per year. [30278/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

176. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pre-Croke Park agreement pay and conditions to those earning €10,000 to €20,000 per year. [30279/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

177. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pre-Croke Park agreement pay and conditions to those earning €20,000 to €30,000 per year. [30280/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

178. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pre-Croke Park agreement pay and conditions to those earning €30,000 to €40,000 per year. [30281/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

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179. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pre-Haddington Road agreement terms of employment to those currently earning €35,000 or less per year. [30282/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

180. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pre-Haddington Road agreement terms of employment to those currently earning €10,000 to €20,000 per year. [30283/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

181. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pre-Haddington Road agreement terms of employment to those currently earning €20,000 to €30,000 per year. [30284/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

182. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pre-Haddington Road agreement terms of employment to those currently earning €30,000 to €40,000 per year. [30285/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

183. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of reversing the pension levy for those public sector workers earning €35,000 or less per year. [30286/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

184. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of reversing the pension levy for those public sector workers earning €10,000 to €20,000 per year. [30287/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

185. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of reversing the pension levy for those public sector workers earning €20,000 to €30,000 per year. [30288/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

186. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of reversing the pension levy for those public sector workers earning €30,000 to €40,000 per year. [30289/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

187. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pay for the additional hours secured under the Haddington Road agreement for those public sector workers earning €35,000 or less per year. [30290/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

188. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pay for the additional hours secured under the Haddington Road agreement for those public sector workers earning €10,000 to €20,000 per year. [30291/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

189. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pay for the additional hours secured under the Haddington Road agreement for those public sector workers earning €20,000 to €30,000 per year. [30292/14]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

190. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated cost to the Exchequer per annum of restoring pay for the additional hours secured under the Haddington Road agreement for those public sector workers earning €30,000 to €40,000 per year. [30293/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 to 190, inclusive, together.

Based on the pay range data currently available within the Department, the estimated cost of restoration of the remuneration reductions for the annual pay ranges €0 to €30,000 and €30,000 - €40,000 implemented through the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 (No. 5 of 2009) which imposed the Pension Related Deduction (PRD) and the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act 2009 (No. 41 of 2009) which reduced the pay rates of public servants is detailed in the tables below. Both measures were progressive where those on lower pay rates were required to make a lower contribution to those on higher pay rates. The Deputy will be aware that the pay reductions negotiated and agreed between this Government and Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions under the Haddington Road Agreement and implemented under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013, apply only to those higher paid public servants on annual salaries of €65,000 or more. The core pay of 87% of the workers in the public service including those in the relevant pay ranges was not reduced by the legislation in 2013.

Pay Reductions

WTE

Gross Salary 2008

Current Gross Salary 2014

PRD

2014 Salary Net of PRD

Total Reduction

0 to 15,000

*21,600

€15,789

€15,000

€0

€15,000

€789

15,000 to 30,000

*21,600

€26,316

€25,000

€625

€24,375

€1,941

30,000 to 40,000

 74,600

€37,026

€35,000

€1,625

€33,375

€3,651

Savings on Pay Bill

WTE

Current Gross Salary 2014

Pay Reduction and PRD Saving to the Exchequer*

PRD Saving to the Exchequer**

0 to 15,000

*21,600

€15,000

€17,042,400

€0

15,000 to 30,000

*21,600

€25,000

€41,925,600

€13,500,000

30,000 to 40,000

74,600

€35,000

€272,364,600

€121,225,000

* Assumes even distribution of WTE between ranges

**Savings do not take account of the cost of Employers PRSI or any offsetting reductions in taxes and levies

In relation to terms and conditions of service other than remuneration, the Croke Park Agreement provided for  (a) significant reductions in the number of people working in the public service to achieve substantial savings in the Exchequer pay bill; (b) Large scale redeployment of public servants within and across sectors, to protect front-line service delivery and (c) Reconfiguration of the design and delivery of public services to deliver greater efficiencies, increased productivity and improvements in services, in particular through the greater use of shared services and online services. Progress reports by the Implementation Body on the implementation of the measures provided for under the Croke Park Agreement and savings realised can be accessed at http://implementationbody.gov.ie/.

The Haddington Road Agreement also provided for a range of productivity measures including increment deferrals, changes to overtime and premium rates and for an increase in the standard working hours of public servants. These were negotiated and implemented by sector and grade and had different impacts on individual public servants depending on existing hours of work, requirement for overtime etc. However, for indicative purposes, I should point out that a 1% increase in the pay cost for those earning up to annual salaries of €40,000 in the public service would increase the pay bill by an estimated cost of €34.4m gross or €31.2m net of the Pension Related Deduction.   The overall impact and savings arising from the various measures under the Haddington Road Agreement are outlined in my replies to Parliamentary Questions 30197/14, 30258/14, 30259/14, 30260/14, 30261/14, 30262/14,30263/14,30264/14 and 30265/14.

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