Pay for public servants still above 'ceiling' of €250,000
A NUMBER of public servants continue to be paid above a €250,000 pay 'ceiling' the last Government wanted to see imposed in the public sector, a Department of Finance briefing note discloses.
The briefing note, for Finance Minister Michael Noonan, also suggests a range of spending cuts will be needed later this year to deal with a weakening domestic economy, although exports remain buoyant.
Social welfare is likely to be the main area for these cuts and the briefing note refers to the universal nature of child-benefit payments.
In his budget speech in December, outgoing finance Brian Lenihan said: "The Government believes there should be a maximum salary rate of €250,000 in the public sector."
The briefing note reveals that several office holders are above the €250,000 rate:
- President Mary McAleese.
- Some members of the judiciary.
- The recently appointed chief executive of the HSE.
- The chief executive of the NRA, although his pay was reduced by 15pc.
- A vice-president of research at UCD.
- Several hospital consultants. The precise numbers cannot be quantified, states the briefing note.
- Staff at the NTMA.
In his budget speech, Mr Lenihan admitted there were issues about the "contractual position of incumbent post-holders". This view is also repeated in the briefing note.