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Changes to Public Services Allowances

19th September 2012 | News

Government has approved a number of measures relating to public service allowances for
new beneficiaries.


terms of the teaching profession, the impact of today’s Government
decision will apply to new entrants only.  Teachers already in
receipt of the allowances in question will not be affected.


following are the main measures as they apply to teachers:

  • New
    entrant teachers will not receive qualification allowances but will start
    on a salary of â’¬30,702 which is equivalent to the fourth point of the
    existing scale. They will also have the option of being paid a pensionable
    allowance of â’¬1,592 for supervision and substitution which will bring
    their starting salary to â’¬32,294.
  • To
    qualify for the supervision and substitution allowance of â’¬1,592, new
    entrants will have to provide 12 additional hours per year
    over and above the existing requirement.
  • The
    Gaeltacht and Island allowances are being abolished in the case of
    new beneficiaries across the public service, including teachers, as is
    the teaching through Irish allowance.
  •  The measures announced today will mean that the
    starting pay of new teachers will be â’¬1,538 lower than that paid to new
    entrant teachers last year.

Since February of this year, there has been a
freeze on the payment of all allowances for new entrant teachers.  Today’s
announcement ends that position. 

Teaching is one of the few areas within the
public sector which does not face a moratorium on recruitment and with a
growing school going population, opportunities for employment remain.  As
was reported in the media today, due to the growing demographics at school
level, there will be a need for additional teachers to be recruited over the
next three years.

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