159. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of civil and public servants earning less than the hourly living wage of €11.70 per hour by Department and agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7028/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The information sought in this request would require detailed data on the position of staff on each salary scale across the public service and details of the standard working hours per week for each individual grade. This data is not available to the Department. 
Pay band data available to the Department indicates that some 94% of all public service staff are on salary points in excess of €25,000 per annum. The suggested wage a...

130. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the terms of reference for the report on pay equalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6654/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my answer to PQ Ref: 2339/18 on 18 January 2018.
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7. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress his Department has made on the report on pay equalisation as specified in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017; the scope of the report; the timeframe involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2339/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Deputy Dara Calleary: We proposed an amendment to the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill on pay equalisation and I want to ensure that this is working its way through the system.
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16. Deputy Joan Burton asked 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. (Question 2235/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy is aware the unwinding of the emergency FEMPI legislation commenced with the Lansdowne Road Agreement 2016-2018 and will be completed under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 -2020. 
The actual pay increases to be carried out are set out in both agreements and the underpinning legislation. 
The Deputy will recall being a member of the Government that signed the Lansdowne Road Agreement and passed the FEMP...

39. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address pay inequality within the public sector. (Question 2332/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my answer to PQ Ref: 53243/17 on the 14th December 2017.
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288. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the approvals given since May 2016 for exceptions to public pay policy; the details of the employer and the nature, quantum and reason for the exception, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1687/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In June 2011, the Government introduced a general pay ceiling of €200,000 for future appointments to higher positions across the public service and a general pay ceiling of €250,000 for future appointments to CEO posts within Commercial State Companies while recognising that in a small number of cases exceptions may be necessary. Other than the then proposed appointment of a CEO for the ESB (appointed in December 2011 at an an...

393. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the payment of increments in 2018 to public servants who are members of unions (details supplied) and who voted against the new public service pay deal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55230/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under the provisions of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017, if the Irish Congress of Trade Unions notifies the Workplace Relations Commission in writing on behalf of a recognised trade union that the union assents to be bound by the Public Service Stability Agreement, then that notification shall be treated as a notification by the union that it assents to be so bound.  I understand that the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has n...

16. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address pay inequality within the public sector. (Question 53243/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The issue of addressing the difference in incremental salary scales between those public servants, who entered public service employment since 2011 and those who entered before that date was addressed with the relevant union interests under the provisions of the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA).
From 1 November 2013 pre and post-2011 pay scales were merged into a single consolidated scale applicable to each grade. Generally, the...

177. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53595/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017, which gives effect to the pay measures contained in the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 (PSSA), is currently being considered by the Oireachtas. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has overall responsibility for the Bill. The PSSA provides a framework for further negotiation on a number of issues, including new entrant pay. 
Public service agreements have already del...

162. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the projected cost of public sector pay for the two years after the new deal expires in 2020. (Question 51462/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Budget 2018 estimate of the public service pay bill is €17.4bn. This includes the 2018 cost of the Public Service Stability Agreement. The costs of the PSSA in subsequent years are:
- 2019 - €370m
- 2020 - €339m  
There are carryover costs associated with the Agreement of €227m in 2021.  
However, the actual level of the public service pay bill for the years 2021 and 2022 is not fixed as it will also depend on public se...

151. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to examine issues related to the salary scale of new entrants; the number of meetings that have taken place in relation to same; the persons that attended; the business carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50653/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The issue of addressing the difference in incremental salary scales between those public servants, who entered public service employment since 2011 and those who entered before that date was addressed with the relevant union interests under the provisions of the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA). From 1 November 2013 pre and post-2011 pay scales were merged into a single consolidated scale applicable to each grade. Generally, the...

10. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address pay equalisation across the public sector; if his Department will take a leading role in determining the way in which pay equalisation will be rolled out across Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47264/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Deputy Dara Calleary: In the context of forthcoming legislation to unwind the financial emergency measures in the public interest, pay equalisation is to be dealt with by the Public Service Pay Commission. Will the Minister provide a timeline for addressing this issue? When does he expect to be in a position to receive a report or recommendations from the commission?
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28. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the measures he plans to put it place to unwind the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015 as applied to contract holders that are not part of the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47152/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Pay and Pension Bill 2017 which the Government agreed on Tuesday, is designed to deliver an orderly exit from the financial emergency legislation and a return to normal industrial and business relationships.
As part of this, the Government has agreed to put the setting and varying of fees for contractors currently subject to the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation on an alternative...

296. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding his plans to unwind the FEMPI legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46763/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On Monday the 18th of September the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions endorsed the terms of the recently negotiated extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay and reform in the public service.
This Public Service Stability Agreement will run from 2018 to 2020 by which point pay will be fully restored to all public servants earning up to €70,000, which is equal to almost 90 per cent of public ...

70. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether PeoplePoint has sufficient resources to process all the incoming information; the number of persons in the Civil 
Service waiting on salary adjustments; the length of time they are waiting; if this delay is in accordance with the Payment of Wages Act 1991; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42478/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): All payments are made with regard to the provisions of Payment of Wages Acts.  
There are approximately six hundred pay adjustment cases with PeoplePoint related to acting up allowances, assignment to higher scale and pay on promotion, of which 50% are over thirty days old. 
A specialist team is dedicated to progressing the abovementioned cases. It is expected all pay instructions will have issued to the pay centre within the ...

81. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform what pay rises public servants are due to receive under the Lansdowne Road Agreement and its recently agreed successor, by salary bands and dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42919/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Stability Agreement runs from 2018- 2020 and has a cost over that period of €887 million. The overall benefits to different income groups range from 7.4 per cent to 6.2 per cent over three years. 
Pay increases under the agreement are scheduled as follows:
2018 
- 1st January annualised salaries to increase by 1%; 
- 1st October annualised salaries to increase by 1%. 
 
2019 
- 1st January annualised sa...

97. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the impact that FEMPI has had on the livelihood and morale of school teachers; his plans to restore pay equality as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42477/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As a consequence of the financial crisis, there was a need to enact a number of measures to reduce public expenditure so as to stabilise the country’s public finances. A previous Government reduced the salaries and allowances payable to all new entrants to public service recruitment grades by 10% with effect from 1 January 2011. This decision also required that such new entrants would start on the first point of the applicable salary sca...

89. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated extra cost of public pay agreements in 2018; and the extent to which these have already been counted in the fiscal space calculations for 2018. (Question 40996/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Mid-Year Expenditure Report 2017 outlined an amount of €0.3bn to be allocated from the Lansdowne Road Agreement and €0.2bn from the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 in 2018. 
The allocation of these central provisions to Departments, in line with our obligations under the EU fiscal rules, is a matter that is subject to ongoing assessment in the context of the expenditure out-turns for 2017 and the estimates for ...

106. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of restoration of civil servant pay under FEMPI; when he expects further pay restoration to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40356/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On Monday the 18th of September the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions endorsed the terms of the recently negotiated extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay and reform in the public service. 
This Public Service Stability Agreement will run from 2018 to 2020 by which point pay will be fully restored to all public servants earning up to €70,000 which is equal to almost 90 per cent of public ...

107. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department will make retrospective the compensation to all public servants recruited since 2011 on lesser pay than their longer serving comparators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40488/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The issue of addressing the difference in incremental salary scales between those public servants, who entered public service employment since 2011 and those who entered before that date was addressed with the relevant union interests under the provisions of the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA). From 1 November 2013 pre and post-2011 pay scales were merged into a single consolidated scale applicable to each grade. Generally, th...

109. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total cost liability of public sector pay restoration, as provided for under the gradual unwinding of the FEMPI measures, with respect to local authority staff, for 2017 and 2018 for each local authority, in tabular form (Question 40553/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Mid-Year Expenditure Report 2017 outlined an amount of €0.3bn to be allocated from the Lansdowne Road Agreement and €0.2bn from the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 in 2018. 
The allocation of these central provisions to Departments is a matter that is subject to ongoing assessment in the context of the expenditure out-turns for 2017 and the estimates for 2018. 
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120. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which salary and wage cuts incurred during the economic downturn continue to be a priority in terms of restoration to the public in line with good practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40735/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 and 126 together.
As the Deputy is aware this Government believes in collective agreements and that the full benefits of a collective agreement should flow to those who subscribe to that agreement.
Under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement there are a series of affordable pay increases which will unwind FEMPI pay reductions for all those earning up to €70,000, which is equal ...

126. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the unions that signed up to the various agreements including the Lansdowne Road Agreement will not be penalised as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40741/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 and 126 together.
As the Deputy is aware this Government believes in collective agreements and that the full benefits of a collective agreement should flow to those who subscribe to that agreement.
Under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement there are a series of affordable pay increases which will unwind FEMPI pay reductions for all those earning up to €70,000, which is equal ...

538. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the cost liability of public sector pay restoration, as provided for under the gradual unwinding of the FEMPI measures, with respect to local authority staff, for 2017 and 2018 for each local authority, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40552/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): A provision of €20.3 million to assist local authorities in meeting the costs associated with the unwinding of the FEMPI legislation was made for 2017. The final outturn for 2017 is not yet known, either at a sectoral level or in respect of individual local authorities. My Department is in discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in respect of the costs for 2018 in the context of the ongoing annu...

251. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of civil servants on contracts pre-1995 who have had their pay affected by the introduction of PeoplePoint (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37774/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) (Amendment) Act 2013 provides that I, as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, can make regulations for a Public Service Sick Leave Scheme. These Regulations are contained in SI 124 of 2014 and SI 384 of 2015. The Regulations set out the terms for the granting of paid sick leave, including that Medical Certificates be provided. 
PeoplePoint is the HR and P...