Monday 22 January 2018

How senior civil servants enjoyed 214pc pay rise in space of a decade

General secretary of the CPSU Eoin Ronayne. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
General secretary of the CPSU Eoin Ronayne. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Anne-Marie Walsh

The wages of civil servants in charge of government departments soared by 214pc in a decade.

A submission to the body advising the Government on its pay policy said this contrasts with clerical officers, whose pay rose by 78pc in the same period.

This means secretaries general, whose annual pay is in the region of €185,350, saw their pay jump by 17pc a year every year between 1987 and 2000, while clerical officers' went up by 6pc a year.

General secretary of the CPSU Eoin Ronayne said they got the increases under review body awards that tracked private sector CEOs.

Secretaries general are among higher grades earning over €65,000 who are due to get refunds of a pay cut they took during the financial crisis from April.

The submission to the Public Service Pay Commission added: "CPSU members do not enjoy the levels of pension that the media expound on."

Irish Independent

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