Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (417)

Willie Penrose

Question:

417. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the estimated full-year cost of recruiting six extra full-time meteorologists and six extra full-time meteorological posts in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50949/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Meteorologists in Met Eireann are recruited through a mix of open and internal competitions.  The open competitions are administered by the Public Appointments Service who absorb their recruitment costs.  

The Meteorologist grade is also a promotional grade for Met Eireann staff; internal promotion competitions are run by my officials as part of their duties without any additional cost.

The annual salary cost for a meteorologist depends on where they are placed on the official Meteorologist salary scale.  In the case of staff recruited to the civil or public service on or after 6th April 1995, that salary scale runs from €32,716 to €78,816 over a period of 16 annual increments.  In the case of staff recruited prior to 6th April 1995, the salary scale runs from €34,178 to €75,011 over 14 annual increments. 

There are a range of professional and technical posts/grades within Met Eireann including Meteorological Officer, Senior Meteorological Officer, Principal Meteorological Officer, Meteorologist, Hydrometeorologist and Senior Meteorologist, each having its own salary scale. The salary costs will vary, depending on the grade.