Gardai save €400,000 as payslips go electronic
Published 19/07/2011 | 05:00
GARDAI will get electronic payslips next year in a move which will save the taxpayer around €400,000 a year.
The ending of the practice of posting paper payslips to the 14,500 members of the force will increase the pressure on other parts of the public service to follow suit.
Teachers are still getting paper payslips at a cost of €1.2m per year, with 90pc of this bill spent on postage. It is also costing €52,000 per year to send paper payslips to members of the Defence Forces.
However, gardai are set to lead the way when they make the switchover to electronic payslips in December this year -- in line with their commitments under the Croke Park Agreement.
Labour Dublin North West TD John Lyons, who has highlighted the issue, said he was delighted that the gardai were setting a precedent.
"I hope it sends out a positive message. They are looking at solution-based ways of cutting costs in a way that doesn't hurt anybody," he said.
Mr Lyons said other parts of the public service -- such as teachers -- should follow suit and get rid of their paper payslips.
Electronic payslips are usually stored on an organisation's website and can be accessed by the employee at any time using a secure password.