PLC Colleges - Incremental Credit

Prior to January 1st 2011, whole-time teachers and pro rata contract holders with two years’ full-time training entered the salary scale at the first or minimum point of the scale. Whole-time teachers and pro rata contract holders with three years’ full-time training entered the scale at the second point. Whole-time teachers and pro rata contract holders with four years’ or more full-time training entered the scale at the third point.

In 2000 significant improvements were agreed under Agreed Report 10/2000. It was agreed to grant incremental credit for all teaching service given in recognised equivalent schools/colleges in the European Union. In terms of incremental credit for other teaching service it has been agreed to grant incremental credit to second level teachers for whole-time teaching service in private primary level schools and third level colleges with effect from 1st September 2000.

It was agreed to award incremental credit for relevant non-teaching service and teaching service abroad to pro rata contract holders on the same basis as full time teachers with effect from 1st September 2000. Pro rata contract holders were also awarded length of training increments with effect from 1st September 2001.

One of the deficiencies that was associated with part-time teaching was inability to aggregate part-time teaching hours over a number of years to secure an increment.

It is now the case that a teacher who has a contract throughout the year will get an increment irrespective of the number of hours taught.

  • Aggregation of Part Time Service for Incremental Purposes
  • Written fixed-term contracts of 150 hours will be aggregated, and carried forward from year to year, towards reaching a threshold of 600 hours = one increment. Hours in excess of 600 cannot be carried into the next year or aggregated
  • Members who were not given written contracts are not necessarily disadvantaged: if the circumstances of their work since 2001 were such that it would now qualify the teacher for a fixed-term contract, they will have their 150-hour fixed-term work aggregated.
  • Each 300 casual and non-casual part-time hours are aggregable also and may be carried forward into a succeeding year for the purposes of aggregation
  • 150-hour fixed-term contracts and 300-hour non-casual and casual periods of employment will be aggregated together

Full details are set out in Circular Letter 29/2007 Scheme for the Award of Incremental Credit to Teachers at Second Level

In respect of incremental credit claims it is essential that full documentation is provided to the employer by the claimant with regard to qualifications taken and the nature of previous service.

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