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Ireland“A large group of teaching practice supervisors have withdrawn their services from the University of Limerick in a standoff over pay, amongst other issues, ahead of student teachers’ school placement next week …” (more)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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Trinity offers up to €145,000 in search for Interim Chief Financial Officer

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is searching for an Interim Chief Financial Officer with a salary of between €115,887 and €145,646 available to the successful candidate. Current Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ian Mathews is expected to leave Trinity in the coming weeks to take on the role of Vice-Chancellor of Administrative and Financial Affairs at Abu Dhabi University from December 7 …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 19 November]

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INTO reject latest government pay offer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have rejected the latest government pay offer. 53% voted against the proposal on salaries for ‘new entrant’ teachers …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 30 October]

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Industrial action in third level colleges is suspended after deal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Industrial action which has been taking place in institutes of technology across the country and at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick has been suspended after the trade union Fórsa said it had secured agreement on a job evaluation scheme for staff …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Teachers’ union votes to accept pay deal for new entrants

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) have voted 53% to 47% to accept the deal on new entrant salary scales. The TUI is the first of the teacher unions to deliver a verdict on the proposals, which give average increases of about €3,300 to public servants recruited since 2011. They lost out because of austerity-era pay cuts …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 October]

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Public servants to work until 70 amid spiralling pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers, university lecturers, and other key public servants will be asked to work until they are 70 in a bid to cut back on spiralling pension costs and to shore up staff gaps in vital frontline services. Cabinet signed off on the move at its weekly meeting yesterday after the plan was put forward by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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