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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Hundreds of secondary teachers on €100k

Gordon Deegan

Published 24/05/2013 | 05:00

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Education Minister Ruairi Quinn

THERE are 371 teachers in second-level schools on salaries of more than €100,000.

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However, the figure is down on the 406 who topped the €100,000 mark a year ago, as pay cuts dampen public sector salaries.

The 371 can only be school principals, who receive a special allowance linked to the size of their school, on top of their basic salary.

Figures, released by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn (pictured right), show that in 2011-2012 there were 260 teachers receiving over €100,000 in secondary and community and comprehensive schools, with 111 teachers receiving over €100,000 in VECs.

However, there is no teacher at primary level on a salary exceeding €100,000. This is because the allowance paid to primary principals is capped at a lower level.

While the maximum allowance payable to second-level principals is currently over €42,000, at primary level it is €30,000.

Latest figures also show that there are 99 academics in third-level education on salaries in excess of €200,000.

According to Mr Quinn, there are a further 1,470 academics across the third-level sector who are earning more than €100,000.

In a written Dail response to Sinn Fein's Jonathan O'Brien, Mr Quinn said that one academic is in receipt of a salary in excess of €250,000.

He confirmed that 76 academics were in receipt of salaries between €150,000 and €200,000, with 486 in receipt of salaries between €125,001 to €150,000 and 908 earning between €100,001 and €125,000.

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It is believed that, of the 99 academics earning over €200,000, around 89 are academic medical consultants.

Mr Quinn said there were no officials on the payroll at the Department of Education or FAS in receipt of an annual salary that exceeded €100,000.

The Association of Secondary School Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) declined to comment on the number of teachers at second level receiving over €100,000.

However, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Mike Jennings, said yesterday that the third-level figures are skewed by the number of academic medical consultants in receipt of over €100,000.

Mr Jennings said that, in general, academics in Ireland are not well paid for their work.

"A career in academia is the least rewarding from a financial point of view compared to a career in business, IT or the pharmaceutical industry. There would be a higher proportion of people in those other industries earning more than €100,000," he said.

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