Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (296)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

296. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of employing an additional ten, 20, 50 and 100 new NEPS psychologists for special needs assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31276/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can inform the Deputy that the average direct pay and non-pay cost per annum of employing an Educational Psychologist in my Departments NEPS service is €75,000 per annum. The estimated annual additional cost, therefore, of employing 10, 20, 50 or 100 psychologists would be; 10 posts - €0.75m,   20 posts - €1.5m,  50 posts- €3.75m and 100 posts- €7.5m .