Public service pay to improve
Civil and public servants are due to receive their next union-negotiated pay and pension levy boosts from 1st January.
Under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA), the salary threshold at which staff pay the ‘additional superannuation contribution,’ formerly known as the pension levy, will increase from €32,000 to €34,500 a year. This will be worth €250 a year.
Those who earn less than €32,000 a year will see their pay increased by 0.5%.
The PSSA, which was negotiated by Fórsa and other unions in 2017, will also deliver another 2% salary adjustment for all in September. The deal expires next December.
The PSSA was accepted in ballots of the members of the three unions that amalgamated to create Fórsa earlier this year. It also saw the end of the pension levy on any non-pensionable elements of public service incomes from last January.
Non-pay provisions in the PSSA include strong protections against outsourcing.
Summary of income improvements
- 1st January 2018: 1% pay adjustment
- 1st October 2018: 1% pay adjustment
- 1st January 2019: Additional superannuation contribution threshold up from €28,750 to €32,000 (worth €325 a year). 1% pay increase for those who don’t benefit (ie, those earning less than €30,000 a year)
- 1st September 2019: 1.75% pay adjustment
- 1st January 2020: Additional superannuation contribution threshold increased to €34,500 (worth €250 a year). 0.5% pay increase for those who don’t benefit (ie, those earning less than €32,000 a year)
- 1st October 2020: 2% pay adjustment
- 31st December 2020: Agreement concludes.