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Temporary Teachers & Holiday Pay

The DES have issued Circular 61/2010 in relation to the payment of summer holiday pay for whole time fixed-term teachers and also for part-time fixed term teachers. Click here to view Circular 61/2010

Whole Time Fixed-Term Teachers
In respect of whole time fixed-term teachers the following will apply:

  1. Teachers who commence employment during the period 1st September to the first working day of November and remain in employment on a fixed term contract for the full school year shall be paid until the 31st August. Prior to this whole time fixed-term teachers had to take up an appointment on or before the 1st working day in October in order to be paid until 31st August.
  2. A fixed term teacher who commences employment after the first working day in November and continues in a fixed term capacity until 30th June will not get paid for the summer vacation unless s/he secures a further fixed term (temporary) teaching post or a permanent post from the first working day of the following school year (normally 1st September). The retrospective holiday pay entitlement will then be calculated as follows:
  • If the teacher took up the fixed term (temporary) post after the first working day in November but prior to 1st April and continues in employment as a fixed term (temporary) teacher until 30th June then to receive retrospective holiday pay for the summer period (which would not be payable until the new school year), the teacher must have secured a contract for the entire new school year or a contract that will not expire any earlier than one year after the start date of the original fixed term contract.
  • If the teacher took up a fixed term (temporary) post after 1st April and continues in employment as a fixed term (temporary) teacher until 30th June then retrospective payment of holiday pay for the summer period will be made one year on from the start date of the initial contract provided the teacher has served in either a fixed term (temporary) post or permanent post for the entire 12 months period.

Fixed Term/Part Time Registered Teachers in a Primary School
Part-time teachers who are employed for the full school year to provide teaching for a number of hours during each week should be offered a pro-rata contract. A pro rata contract will normally run from 1st September to the 31st August. However pro rata contracts may commence during the period 1st September to the first working day of November.

A part time registered teacher on a pro rata contract shall be paid on the Department payroll from the date of commencement of the contract until the 31st August. This is subject to the employment having commenced on or before the first working day of November and to the teacher continuing to be employed in the same school. The rate of pay for July and August will be the rate payable to the teacher on 30th June. The updated version of the Primary Teachers appointment form for the school year in question should be completed for all new regular part-time appointments and forwarded to the Primary Teachers Payroll. This form is available on the Department website. 

Part Time Teachers Appointed After 1st November
A part-time teacher who commences employment after the first working day in November shall be paid on an hourly basis. The hourly rate of pay is calculated by dividing the appropriate annual rate of salary by 915. These teachers will not be paid throughout July and August as their hourly rate is inclusive of holiday pay.

Claims for the payment of these part-time teachers should be submitted through the On Line Claim System by completing the Appointments Section of the OLCS.

The number of part time hours sanctioned per week is based on a maximum of 37 weeks for the school year. Therefore any hours worked in excess of the 37 week threshold will not be paid for by the Department.