In response to the economic crisis and the collapse in the state finances, the then Government approved the reduction by 10% of the salary scale for new entrants to the public service with effect from 1 January 2011. This includes members of the Defence Forces.
Under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2016, (the Haddington Road Agreement) the Government and trade unions agreed in 2013 to address the issue of separate new entrant scales by merging the new scales and existing scales. Instead of experiencing a continuing 10% reduction on each point of scale, a new entrant now joins the same scale as pre-existing staff, which has been lengthened by the addition of two lower points at the bottom of the salary scale.
Since 2019 new entrants to the public service post 1 January 2011, including members of the Defence Forces, may benefit from measures which see interventions at points 4 and 8 of their pay scales.