OVER 75 per cent of the €8.59 billion education budget is absorbed by pay and pensions.
This means that all other education services must be funded from the €2.14 billion non-pay element of the budget.
In all, more than 60 staff in the education sector earn more than €150,000, according to The Irish Times survey. A further 476 staff earn more than €110,000. In all, 497 people are on the professorial salary scale, €113,573–€145,952.
The education sector has 95,554 full-time staff – about 27 per cent of total public sector employment. Of these, 59,000 are teachers, 10,400 are special-needs assistants and 20,000 work in third-level colleges. The cost of teacher salaries is €2.1 billion at primary and €1.9 billion at second level. The cost of pay in the university/IT sector is €1.3 billion.
A further €62 million is spent on pensions to 22,700 education staff in primary, second-level and in ITs.
1 PROF DES FITZGERALD
Vice-president for research, UCD
2 PROF FRANK GANNON
Director general, Science Foundation Ireland
3 DR MICHAEL MURPHY
4 PROFESSOR TOM BEGLEY
Dean, School of Business, UCD
5 PROFESSOR NICK QUIRKE
Principal, College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UCD €227,659
6 BRIGID McMANUS
Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills
7 DR JAMES BROWNE (Joint 7th)
7 DR HUGH BRADY (Joint 7th)
9 MARY COUGHLAN
Minister for Education
10 EAMON DREA
Vice-president for staff, UCD