Casual/Non-Casual Substitute Teachers
There are two different types of substitute teacher:
- Casual Substitute: A casual substitute is a teacher who has worked less than 40 days in an academic year.
- Non-Casual Substitute: To be classified as a non-casual substitute, a teacher must work 40 days at the casual rate and on the Day 41, they will move to their own personal/incremental rate and become a non-casual substitute. A teacher will also be classified as a non-casual substitute if s/he takes up a non-casual contract e.g. a maternity/adoptive leave cover. In this case, the teacher will be paid at their own personal/incremental rate from Day 1 of their contract.
Daily Rates of Pay for Casual Substitute Teachers
Casual substitute teachers are paid a fixed rate for their first 40 days of employment in an academic year in a substitute capacity.
See below for applicable daily qualified substitute rates taken from Circular 0083/2017 and are in effect since 1 January 2018.
|Pay Scale||New Ongoing Rate from 1 January 2018||Value of Statutory Annual Leave Accumulated per Day Worked from 1 January 2018||Total Value of a day’s work as a substitute|
|Rates for Pre-1 January 2011 Entrants to Primary Teaching||€186.27||€23.02||€209.29|
|Rates for Primary Teachers who entered teaching on or after 1 January 2011||€165.96||€20.51||€186.47|
How to calculate a Non-Casual Substitute Teacher’s Personal Rate
When a teacher works more than 40 days in a school year or is engaged in a non-casual contract, s/he will be paid their own personal rate which is calculated based on their point on the incremental scale and any allowances payable.
How to calculate a substitute teacher’s personal rate:
(Point on the incremental scale + any allowance) divided by 183 with a deduction of 11% of this rate to be banked as holiday pay.
Example: If a teacher is being paid at point 5 of the post-January 2011 scale, the calculation would be as follows:
Point 5 on the post-January 2011 scale = €40,957
Total Value of Personal Rate = €40,957/183 = €223.81
Daily Rate = €199.19
11% Holiday Pay = €24.62
This teacher’s personal rate is €223.81 because they are on point 5 of the post-January 2011 incremental scale and is inclusive of 11% holiday pay.
In the teacher’s fortnightly pay cheque, s/he will see the daily rate paid. The substitute teacher will then receive their 11% holiday pay for each day worked in a lump sum payment at the end of each term.
Refer to Circular 0015/2015 for more information regarding holiday pay.
Refer also to Appointment of Substitute Teachers page here for more general information on substitute teacher appointments.
Last updated: January 2018