Graduates pocket up to €220,000 extra as universities return €9bn a year to economy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A degree is worth an average €106,000 in a university graduate’s pocket, rising to more than double, €220,000, if they go all the way to a PhD. The figures represent the average value of a third-level qualification over a lifetime, when compared with a school-leaver and take account of the cost of college and deductions such as tax …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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Irish university graduates earn more from degrees than in UK

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Graduates from Irish universities stand to earn a slightly higher wage premium compared with graduates from some of the UK’s most prestigious universities over the course of their lifetime, according to new research. The average lifetime net premium for an undergraduate degree holder from an Irish university has been estimated at €106,000 by research firm Indecon …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Brexit: Queen’s University staff paid early due to uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

“Staff at Queen’s University in Belfast are to be paid their salaries three days early this month due to ‘ongoing uncertainty relating to Brexit’. QUB staff are usually paid on the final working day of every month. However, because of fears about the potential impact of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, this month’s payment date was brought forward to Wednesday, 27 March …” (more)

[Laura McDaid, BBC News, 24 March]

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Public service unions to push for pay hike in wake of €35m deal for nurses

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions are set to demand a pay rise and wage reviews at new Government talks in the wake of a deal worth more than €35m for nurses. Sources said they were likely to make a collective claim for a wage boost after nurses won a package that includes a higher salary scale to halt crippling health service strikes …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 8 March]

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60,000 public sector workers to see pay improvements begin

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 60,000 public servants recruited since 2011 on lower pay will gradually see pay improvements from today. The pay increases, which are about €3,300 on average, are part of the implementation of a deal to address pay inequality …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 March]

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90% of Working Graduates Staying in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 18th February) publishes the results of a survey of over 29,000 individuals who graduated in 2017 from our higher education institutions. It found that 78% of that class are now working while 14% are in further education or training, 5% are seeking work and up to 4% are engaged in other activities (eg travel) …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 18 February]

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Arts graduates earn least while teachers earn most, survey finds

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Young teachers earn most within months of leaving college while arts graduates take in the least, a survey of more than 29,000 recent third-level graduates has found. When broken down by type of course, education graduates – such as teachers – had the highest reported average salaries (€38,701) nine months after graduating …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Employment rates for college graduates at boom-time levels

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The vast majority of college graduates are opting to stay and find work at home, new figures show. Overall, some 78% of graduates from the class of 2017 were working nine months after graduating, figures not seen since the height of the economic boom …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Tutors at University of Limerick withdraw their services in pay dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A large group of teaching practice supervisors have withdrawn their services from the University of Limerick in a standoff over pay, amongst other issues, ahead of student teachers’ school placement next week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 February]

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European Court of Justice rules two-tier pay scales for Irish teachers not discriminatory on age grounds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that two-tier pay scales for teachers in Ireland are not discriminatory on age grounds. The case was taken by the primary teachers’ union, the INTO, on behalf of two members, Tomás Horgan and Claire Keegan, who were employed after January 2011, when lower pay scales were introduced …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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It should be possible to address pay disparity for teachers, TUI says

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) said if it was possible to sort out the nurses pay dispute then it should be possible to address the disparity in pay for teachers, he said. The nurses’ pay deal shows the Government was prepared to act in a crisis and ‘there is a crisis in teaching’, Seamus Lahart said …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Ireland’s pay gap between men and women in R&D highest in Europe

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The pay gap between women and men working in scientific research and development positions in Ireland is the largest in the European Union, with women earning on average 30% less than men, research has found. The European Commission on Monday released She Figures 2018, which presents key indicators on progress made towards gender equality in research and innovation, to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandEamon Scanlon (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the 1% increase for public sector employees and in public service pensions which has not come in effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 January]

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ASTI signals intention to hold industrial action ballot over two-tier pay scales

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The secondary teachers’ union, ASTI has signalled its intention to conduct a ballot for industrial action in its campaign for the abolition of two-tier pay scales, but there are no immediate plans for one …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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Squaring the circle of public-service pay a perennial challenge

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A former chairman of the Labour Court once recounted to me in considerable detail how a pay rise gained by a clerical grade in a public body spiralled out across equivalent public-service grades until it ended up being applied to the pay of members of the choir in Bunratty Castle …” (more)

[Bill Roche, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the decision to intervene in a Workplace Relations Committee ruling regarding staff at Waterford Institute of Technology who were not moved onto a higher lecturer’s scale despite the fact that their colleagues were moved up the scale (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 December]

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Third level education pays – but at a cost

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Across the developed world, the demand for people with college degrees has been rising rapidly. Employment of graduates in the EU15 has grown by an average of 3% a year since 1995. Even during the crisis years, when so many lost their jobs, employment for graduates continued to rise quite vigorously …” (more)

[John FitzGerald, Irish Times, 30 November]

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ASTI rejects pay deal for new entrant teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest secondary teachers’ union has rejected Government proposals to address the controversial two-tier pay system in schools. The move is likely to increase the potential for disruption in schools in the months ahead. In a ballot, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) voted against the Government initiative on new entrant pay by a margin of 53% to 47%. The turnout was 58% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Public sector workforce now higher than 2008 peak

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public sector pay and pensions will cost €19.5 billion in 2018, according to the latest research from the Institute of Public Administration. In ‘Public Sector Trends 2018’, Dr Richard Boyle found that the number of staff employed in the public service – 323,000 – now exceeds the peak figure in 2008 before the economic crash …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 November]

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