Information Circular No 27/2018: Post 2011 Pay Scales – Realignment

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise it members – recruited after the first of January 2011 – that it has been involved in talks pertaining to resolving the issue of new entrant pay scales.

The Association is currently studying the proposals, and seeking clarification on a number of issues. The text of the proposal from DPER, and agreed in principal by ICTU, outlines:

“The following measure has been agreed by the Parties to the PSSA, informed by the Report to the Houses of the Oireachtas by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in accordance with Section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act. It also reflects detailed discussions and analysis between the Public Services Committee and representatives of Public Service Employers. The outcome is considered the best that can be achieved in the context of the PSSA and the very significant other expenditure demands on the Exchequer for Budget 2019 and subsequent years.

Where two additional scale points were applied to pay scales under the Haddington Road Agreement, it is agreed that there will be two separate interventions in the pay scales as they apply to ‘new entrant’ public servants recruited since January 2011.

The two separate interventions will take place at point 4 and point 8 of pay scales. The practical effect of this is that for ‘new entrants’ the relevant points on the scale will be bypassed thereby reducing the time spent (by bypassing two increment points) on the scale for progression to the maximum point.

Where one additional scale point was applied to scales, a single point of intervention will apply at point 4.

This measure will apply from 1 March 2019 and will be applied to each eligible new entrant as they reach the relevant scale points (point 4 and point 8) on their current increment date.

Due to the interaction with normal increment progression, the above means that existing ‘new entrant’ staff whose next increment after 1 March 2019 is Point 7 or above on relevant scales will receive the benefit of both interventions on the date of their next normal increment.”

The Association will compile flow charts for our membership to demonstrate the effect of the aforementioned measures and for ease of understanding, once


Issued on: 25/09/2018

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