I came across this interesting article in the Sunday Business Post yesterday. I notice it was not in the papers nor blogosphere today so worth making the link. It highlights the growth in higher level civil service positions. Given that the pay bill of the public service rose from €7bn to €18bn between 1997-2009 it is worth highlighting the location of this growth.
The Civil Public Service Union (CPSU) found that between 1997-2009 the numbers employed at Higher Principal Officer grade by 462 per cent. There were 60 in 1997 and now there are 337. The numbers of higher assistant principal officers has grown from 171 to 751 – or 339 per cent. Assistant Principals earn at a minimum €67k whilst Principal Officers earn a minimum of €85k. These are not those who escaped the pay cuts as highlighted over on Irish Economy and picked up by journalists over the Christmas holidays. Only those earning over €165k will escape a pay cut.