Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Questions (686)

Michael Healy-Rae


686. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the actions being taken to address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36250/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

All public health sector staff, including those working in hospitals as catering employees are paid in line with the rates set out in the Department of Health consolidated salary scales which can be viewed online here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/5eb5e-1-october-2020-consolidated-pay-scales/

In relation to incremental progression, each salary scale listed has either a single point, or a number of points, which an employee would progress through each year on the anniversary of their contract date, once their performance and attendance had met the necessary criteria required to achieve the increment.

Adjustments to rates of pay across the public sector are generally agreed during a series of pay talks between trade unions and their representative bodies and the civil and public sector employer representatives during negotiations in advance of each Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA). 

Adjustments to rates of pay agreed between the parties generally apply to the full public health sector cohort of grades, including catering staff, in return for a set of agreed productivity and efficiency measures. 

Since 2016, a number of increases to annualised salaries have been applied via public service agreements and the Public Service Pay and Pension Act 2017.  These adjustments have been applied across all public health sector grades, including catering staff as appropriate.

1.1.2016 - 1% increase to annualised salaries between €24,001 and €31,000.

1.4.2017 - €1,000 increase to annualised salaries up to €65,000

1.1.2018 - 1% increase to annualised salaries.

1.10.2018 - 1% increase to annualised salaries.

1.9.2019 - 1.75% increase to annualised salaries.

1.10.2020 - 2% increase to annualised salaries.

I trust this information will be of assistance to the Deputy.