Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (540)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

540. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of public servants employed in his Department on a lower pay scale to their colleagues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21816/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

In answer to the Deputy’s question, 22 of the public servants who have been recruited into my Department since 1 January 2011 were placed on a lower (NRP – National Recovery Plan) pay scale to their colleagues, in accordance with Department of Finance Circular 18/2010: Reduction of 10% in the pay rates and fixed term allowances of persons to be recruited to certain direct entry grades to the Civil Service .

In accordance with Clause 2.31 of the Haddington Road Agreement, and with a view to addressing the salary imbalance between those who entered the Public Service since 2011 and those who entered before that date, revised salary scales for each recruitment grade have been prepared by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. These pay scales merge the NRP pay scales for each grade with the pay scales applicable to staff recruited prior to 1 January 2011. New entrants to civil service recruitment grades, who were subject to the 2011 reduced pay rates will be assimilated to the new/revised incremental pay scale effective from 1 November 2013.