Written answers

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Public Sector Pay

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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171. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the first year cost of the recently announced and proposed public sector pay deal; and if, following its implementation, it will require a further revised estimate for 2024. [5897/24]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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Proposals for a new public service pay agreement – Public Service Agreement 2024 to 2026 were finalised at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on 26th January. Public service unions and associations can be expected to ballot on these proposals in the coming weeks.

The proposed Agreement runs for two and a half years and the total estimated cost amounts to €3.6 billion, of which €1.1 billion falls in 2024. In total, the Agreement provides for increases of 10.25% over the two and a half year period. This is made up of general round increases totaling 9.25%, as well as a provision for a Local Bargaining mechanism equivalent to 1% of the basic pay cost.

The Revised Estimates for 2024 provided for an allocation of €700 million in respect of a future public service pay agreement, which was being negotiated at that time. The additional €400 million, upon ratification of the agreement, will be provided to departments as required through supplementary estimates later in 2024.


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