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Job sharers: Public holiday entitlements

Job-sharing teachers should be aware of the following arrangements in order to ensure that they are paid for Bank Holidays that occur while they are job- sharing.

Section 1 of Primary Circular 0123/2006 sets out the public holiday entitlements of job-sharing primary school teachers under the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 as follows:

  • Teachers are not required to work on a public holiday. A job-sharing teacher must have worked 40 hours in the 5 weeks prior to the public holiday in order to benefit from the provisions of the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 in respect of public holidays. In such instance, a job-sharing teacher is entitled to one day’s pay at the job-sharing rate of pay or one day leave in lieu.

 A)        Please note that the above applies to the school terms in which job-sharers are time-tabled to teach and as such applies to the public holidays which arise on 17 March, 1st Monday in May and 1st Monday in June each year. The job-sharing teacher who is not timetabled to work on the day that any of the above mentioned public holidays fall is entitled to receive one day’s pay or a day’s leave in lieu as set out in Primary Circular 0123/2006.

B)        The position in relation to certain public holidays which fall during a school vacation period and for which neither job-sharer is required to work is that each job-sharer is entitled to one day’s pay at the job-sharing rate of pay. The public holidays referred to in this instance are those that arise on the last Monday in October (Halloween vacation), 25, 26 December, 1 January (Christmas vacation) and Easter Monday (Easter vacation).


Please note that job-sharing teachers have no entitlement under this Act in respect of the August bank holiday.

Arrangements for taking of leave in lieu due under A) above should be worked out between the Principal/Board of Management and the teacher.

Claims for payment of pay due under A) or B) should be submitted through the Board of Management to the Primary Payments Section.