Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (83)

Pearse Doherty


83. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the outstanding allocations for the public service stability agreement and other public pay agreements in each of the years 2020 to 2024 by vote, Department and agency. [38117/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020

The cost of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) was estimated at €339m in 2020 with carryover costs of €227m in 2021.

In addition a number of other costs have arisen in respect of the PSSA including the following:

New Entrants under the PSSA

Under section 4 of the PSSA there was a commitment to examine remaining salary scale issues in respect of Post 2011 recruits at entry grades. In September 2018 agreement was reached with the Public Services Committee of ICTU. Costs associated with the agreement are estimated at: €46.6m in 2020; €31.8m in 2021; €22.9m in 2022; €15m in 2023; and €18.5m in 2024.

Public Service Pay Commission Recommendations under the PSSA

Under Section 3 of the Public Service Stability Agreement, the Public Service Pay Commission was tasked with examining certain areas of identified recruitment and retention difficulties. In fulfilment of this mandate the PSPC made a recommendation with a full year cost of approximately €20m in respect of Nurses and Midwives and a further recommendation with a full year cost of approximately €10m in respect of the Defence Forces.

Labour Court Recommendations under the PSSA

Within the Public Service Stability Agreement the Labour Court issued recommendations on both the Nursing and Midwifery dispute and Health Support Grade Dispute. Costs associated with these recommendations are currently being examined through the estimates process.

A break out by Vote for 2020, taking account of all pay factors, will be published as part of the Budget.