Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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311. To ask the Minister for Defence the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed or in agencies funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46403/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The Defence Organisation includes military personnel, civil servants and civilian employees attached to military installations.

The pay structures and conditions of service of members of the Permanent Defence Force contain professional and technical remuneration elements in addition to allowances in the nature of pay which reflect the unique aspects of military life both at home and abroad. As such, the non-standard time and attendance patterns of military personnel and the rates of remuneration associated with a wide spectrum of duties undertaken by such military personnel can vary across the different branches of the Defence Forces and, consequently, does not facilitate the general application of a threshold rate of pay.

In respect of civil servants and civilian employees it has not been possible in the time available to compile all the necessary information requested by the Deputy. The information is being gathered and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

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