78. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will furnish particular details of each person who has been awarded added years under the professional added years for superannuation purposes scheme for institutes of technology for the period 2002 to date in 2012; if he will detail for each person identifying the institute of technology, the qualifications required for the relevant post, the length of time to obtain such qualifications, the actual years of service and the number of added years granted. (Question 51945/12 asked on 22 Nov 2012)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The professional added years terms for members of the Education Sector Superannuation Scheme in Institutes of Technology were introduced by the Department of the Environment in 1987, Circular S6/1987.

In accordance with the relevant pension scheme rules, there is provision for the granting of a gross award of up to ten professional added years where the minimum age limit or qualifications and/or experience specified for appointment to a permanent pensionable professional, technical or specialist post in an Institute of Technology would not allow an individual to be appointed by age 25 and thereby acquire maximum reckonable service (40 years) by age 65. A contribution is payable in respect of added years awarded under the scheme; 5% of retiring salary in respect of each year purchasable (6% if the employee is a member of the Spouses’ and Children’s Scheme).

From 2002 to date, 121 individuals employed in the Institute of Technology sector have been awarded professional added years at retirement. The average actual years of service of the applicants was 31.6398 years and the average added years award was 3.0327 years.

The following table outlines in tabular form the information sought by the Deputy. Institutes of Technology - Added Years’ Awards 2002 to date

IOT No. of Awards Grade/Post Prof Qualification No of years to acquire qualification/exp Actual Years of Service No of Added Years Awarded
Range of years Average no. of years Average no. of years
Athlone IT 6 Lecturer Degree/Membership of Professional body From 7 to 8 years 34.7439 years 2.447 years
Carlow IT 6 Lecturer Degree/Apprenticeship From 7 to 10 years 28.296 years 2.5128 years
Cork IT 32 Lecturer Degree/Apprenticeship/Membership of professional body/First class certificate of competency From 7 to 10 years 32.0288 years 3.2947 years
DIT 26 Lecturer Degree/Apprenticeship/Membership/Fellowship of professional body From 7 to 10 years 31.7722 years 3.1278 years
Dundalk IT 9 Lecturer Degree/Apprenticeship/Membership of professional body From 7 to 10 years 31.279 years 3.1792 years
Galway-Mayo IT 7 Lecturer Degree/Apprenticeship From 7 to 10 years 32.147 years 3.2096 years
Letterkenny IT 2 Lecturer Apprenticeship/Membership of professional body From 7 to 10 years 31.0918 years 4.2884 years
Limerick IT 13 Lecturer Degree/Apprenticeship/Membership of professional body/First class certificate of competency From 7 to 10 years 30.9302 years 5.3772 years
IT Sligo 13 Lecturer Degree/PhD/Apprenticeship/Membership of professional body From 7 to 10 years 35.5601 years 3.383 years
IT Tralee 6 Lecturer Degree/Apprenticeship From 7 to 10 years 33.6299 years 1.5402 years
Waterford IT 1 Lecturer Degree From 7 to 8 years 26.5589 years 1 year
Total 121 Avg Actual Service: 31.6398 yrs Avg added years award: 3.0327 yrs