Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Questions (600)

Thomas P. Broughan


600. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the estimated full year cost of recruiting 30 additional full-time early years inspectors for Tusla; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11945/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The total estimated cost of recruiting 30 new full-time Early Years Inspectors in Tusla would be €2,504,820.

This includes pay and non pay costs and is made up of a cost of €83,494 per Inspector

- Total Pay Costs: (basic salary of €61,415 plus employers PRSI @10.95%)

- Non Pay Costs (Overheads): €15,354

The Tusla Early Years Inspectorate is currently in the process of recruiting nine new Early Years Inspectors from an expanded pool of professional backgrounds. Previously, Early Years Inspectors were required to hold a level 9 QQI qualification (Masters Level) and be registered as a Public Health Nurse. Recent changes to the recruitment criteria mean that these posts are now also open to graduates with suitable qualifications in Early Years Care and Education, Social Care, Social Work, Psychology and Education.

This development reflects the on-going professionalisation of the Early Learning and Care sector, and it is intended that the recruitment of these posts will compliment and strengthen the work of the Inspectorate in promoting the quality, safety and appropriate care of children in Early Learning and Care services. Of these new posts currently being filled, three have already been appointed, six have accepted, and one remains to be filled.

The current pay scale for an Early Years Inspector ranges from €56,452 to €64,812. The costings above are based on mid-point of this pay scale.