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Substitute Teachers

Casual Daily Rate

There are two different types of substitute teacher: casual and non-casual.

A casual substitute is a teacher who has worked less than 40 days in an academic year.

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 53/2017 and are in effect since 1 September 2017.


Pay ScaleNew Ongoing Rate from 1 September 2017Value of Statutory Annual Leave Accumulated per Day Worked from 1 September 2017Total Value of a day’s work as a substitute
Rates for Pre-1 January 2011 Entrants to Primary Teaching €184.63 €22.82 €207.45
Rates for Primary Teachers who entered teaching between 1 January 2011 and 31 January 2012 €164.31 €20.31 €184.62
Rates for Primary Teachers who entered teaching on or after 1 February 2012 €163.66 €20.32 €183.89

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 pre-January 2011 scale and they have an Honours Degree Allowance, the calculation would be as follows:

Point 5 on the pre-January 2011 scale = €38,367

Honours Degree Allowance = €4,918

Total = €43,285

Total Value of Personal Rate = €43,285/183 = €236.53

Daily Rate = €210.51

11% Holiday Pay = €26.02

This teacher’s personal rate is €236.53 because they are on point 5 of the pre-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 15/2015, for more information regarding holiday pay.

Refer also to Appointment of Substitute Teachers page HERE for more general information on substitute teacher appointments.