Third Level Staff Remuneration – Pay Inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe within which pay inequality for third level lecturers will be ended; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 February]

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Salaries for education graduates drop more than for other sectors

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Starting salaries for education graduates have dropped by more than for graduates of any other field of study over recent years, new figures indicate. Despite the fall, they remain among the best paid graduates in their first year out of college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Are arts degrees past their sell-by date?

Posted in Life on January 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This week a number of major reports confirmed what most recent arts graduates could probably have told you without the need for costly research: they earn less than other students in the years after college. The draft findings of a Central Statistics Office study, which tracked the earnings of thousands of young college graduates over a five-year period, found that IT and computers students earned most …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the pension and public pay restoration to be carried out under FEMPI, by Department and public body, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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Teachers earned most in years after graduation, study finds

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers earned more than other college graduates for several years after completing higher education, according to the draft of a major new study. However, their earnings increased at the slowest rate of all, leading to other graduates narrowing the gap or overtaking them within five years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Arts graduates earn less than any other group after college

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Arts and humanities students earned less than other groups of graduates for up to five years following college, according to the draft findings of a major new study. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is due to publish research shortly which tracked graduates’ weekly earnings across different fields of study between 2010 and 2015. The draft findings show that arts graduates earned the least in their first year after college (€310 per week) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Junior Minister lands €13,000 pay rise for adviser already earning €82,000 a year

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Donegal Sinn Féin TD has said it ‘beggars belief’ that a Junior Minister landed a €13,000 pay rise for one of her staff. Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s two press advisers earn almost €200,000 a year between them …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 January]

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Let’s say Auf Wiedersehen to England’s embarrassing tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

“As pay scandals continue to embarrass British higher education, with university chiefs receiving eye-watering salaries and golden handshakes, it’s time to ask: why can’t we be more like Germany? A scandal erupted there a few years ago when the vice-chancellor of Cologne University increased his salary from €78,876 (£69,403) a year in 2006 to €133,781 in 2012 …” (more)

[Danny Dorling and Ben Hennig, Guardian, 19 December]

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Public Services Pay and Pensions Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is now proposed to suspend salary increments for some public employees, but not for others, under section 21 of the Public Services Pay and Pensions Bill 2017. This provision is clearly designed to punish and coerce citizens who have taken an entirely laudable and principled stance against the continuation of discriminatory new-entrant pay-scales for their junior colleagues and refused to sign up to the the latest public sector pay deal …” (more)

[Tom Hogan, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Cabinet set to clear €180million public pay increases today

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cabinet will today sign off on public sector pay increases due to come into force from next month. Pay restoration, which will be introduced from January 1, are part of a €180m public sector deal hammered out between government and unions earlier this year. The legislation needed to begin to unwind austerity measures is expected to pass through the Seanad later this week …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 12 December]

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Numbers entering teaching ‘collapsing’ due to low pay, unions claim

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a collapse in the number of people applying to study for qualifications to become second level teachers due to pay inequality, education sector unions claim. In a joint submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on Wednesday, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) argued that pay inequality in the profession had created a recruitment and retention crisis in teaching …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Earnings continue to rise but public sector workers see wages grow faster

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The good news is that average weekly earnings continue to rise across the country; the bad news for private sector workers is that the gains made by public sector workers continue to outstrip private sector wage increases. According to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, average weekly earnings rose by 1.7% in the year to September 2017, up to €714.41 …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill undermines union rights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The silence from the trade union movement in response to the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is remarkable. This legislation, which will be debated in the Dáil this week, gives effect to the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). It will compound and continue pay inequality for post-2011 public servants …” (more)

[Jana Lyons and others, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Pay and third-level researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – You report that the Government recently agreed that pay restrictions should be lifted to allow colleges hire world-leading scientists and engineers on salaries of up to €250,000 (News, November 10th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Government plans for €250,000 a year trophy-staff will further undermine Third-Level Education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to pay exorbitant salaries to attract a small number of ‘top researchers’ to Ireland is like lighting matches to drive away the cold and will further exacerbate the crisis in Third-Level Education, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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Universities say higher salaries are vital to attracting top talent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When Irish universities go headhunting in a bid to attract the very best in international talent, they tend to get the same reaction. ‘One academic asked us if there was a misprint in the salary we quoted’, said one third-level source. ‘We’re not at the races for when it comes to competing against the top research university systems for the best scientists or engineers’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Universities to be allowed to hire staff on up to €250,000

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities are to be allowed to hire staff on salaries higher than the Taoiseach’s under new measures aimed at attracting top talent to the third-level sector. The Government recently agreed that pay restrictions should be lifted to allow colleges hire world-leading scientists and engineers on salaries of up to €250,000 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is published

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The pay of TDs and most other public servants will return to pre-austerity levels by July 2021 under new legislation which has been published. The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 underpins the restoration of financial emergency (FEMPI) pay cuts imposed during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 November]

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ASTI votes to reject new public service pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland has rejected the new public service pay agreement. The margin was 51.39% against, and 48.38% for …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 October]

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Report finds Irish male graduates earn €80,000 more in their lifetime than female graduates

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Irish male graduate will earn, on average, €80,000 more in this lifetime than a female graduate, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has found. The report, which contains data on the state of education in countries around the world, also highlights a gender imbalance in a number of fields of study …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 21 September]

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