Second Level - Incremental Credit

Payment Dates
For teachers working in ETBs, the last banking day of each month is the payment date.

Teachers working in Community & Comprehensive Schools are paid fortnightly.

Increments
In the case of teaching appointments to permanent, temporary and eligible part-time posts in all schools from the commencement of the 1996/97 school session onwards, the first increment of salary shall become payable to fully qualified teachers on the completion of one year’s satisfactory service from the date of taking up appointment. In Community and Comprehensive Schools the increment is payable on the anniversary date of taking up duty. In the case of ETB teachers appointed prior to the 1996/97 session, increments are payable after one year's satisfactory service from 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July which follows the date of taking up duty. This is then the date that decides the increment in succeeding years. If the appointment was taken up before the end of October, the incremental date is October 1st.

Progress up the incremental scale depends on a teacher/lecturer being fully qualified and, in the case of teachers, registered with the Teaching Council.


Long Service Allowance
An annual allowance is payable to teachers who have been on the maximum of the common basic scale for at least ten years.

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. Teachers first appointed between 1st January 2011 and 1st February 2012 began on the 1st point of the post-2011 salary scale and progress incrementally with each year of service.Teachers first appointed after February 1st 2012 begin on the 4th point of the post-2011 salary scale and progress incrementally with each year of service.

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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