1st May 2020
The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has published Circular 0033/2020 which confirms the continuation of increment skips negotiated by the INTO under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 (PSSA).
Increment skips, which speed teachers’ progress up the pay scale, were an important measure secured in the campaign to secure pay equality.
The previous Circular (0021/2019) had set out how the skips were applied between 1 March 2019 and 29 February 2020. A new Circular was needed to ensure continuation of increment skips for the teachers concerned, and to clarify aspects of implementation of the measure.
INTO was involved in detailed discussions with the DES about continuation of skips and these discussions are now reflected in the new Circular. The terms of the process remain the same and will apply in the manner agreed under the PSSA.