The Irish Independent has a very interesting article today (18 February) stating that thousands of newly qualified Irish teachers are being hired in the UK on salaries and contracts far greater than they would receive in Ireland.
Teachers targeted for jobs in UK - Independent.ie
The article states that new second teachers in Ireland receive €27,617. . . Assuming they have a full-time contract.
This is actually untrue with the real figure being €30,702
The article states that new second level teachers are being employed in the UK on €27,167 basic with an additional accommodation allowance of approximately €8,127 and additional allowances for flights and food (although no figures are supplied for flights and food).
Leaving aside the UK allowances for flights and food this leaves the UK gross wage for teachers leaving Ireland on €35,294 or approximately 15% greater than the wage they would receive in Ireland.
Given the fact that no pension levy is paid in the UK (as is the case in Ireland) the disparity in the net wage would be far greater - taking the net value to in excess of 20%.
This all assumes that the new Irish second level teacher receives a full time contract in the first place. . . . Which is extremely rare.
Add in additional UK benefits such as security of tenure in the UK, a lower cost economy and the fact that the new UK teacher can actually be promoted (something unavailable to the teacher in Ireland) and it's quite clear that the terms and conditions of employment in the UK are now far greater than they are in Ireland for new second level teachers.
Note that it is the intention of the government to increase this greater UK-Ireland difference under the terms of Croke Park 2.
The loonarati of p.ie are not going to like this one.