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Payment of Salary

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Method of Payment

Permanent and Temporary Teachers

Permanent and temporary teachers' salaries are paid by the Department of Education and Skills and issue from the Department offices in Athlone, Co Westmeath every second Wednesday.

Accordingly, teachers receive salary 26 times per year, normally on a Thursday.

The DES operate a PayPath facility through which a permanent or fixed-term teacher may opt to have her/his salary paid directly to a bank or building society account. A pay slip stating gross and net pay and giving details of deductions made from salary (tax, PRSI, VHI, INTO, Comhar Linn, etc) will also be sent directly to an address nominated by the teacher.

Over payments

Government Departments are authorised under existing financial procedures to seek the refund of overpayments. The entitlement to recover overpayments is provided for in Rule 107 (2) of the Rules for National Schools.

When a teacher has been overpaid it is normal practice for the Department of Education and Skills Financial Section to contact the teacher in order to arrange for the recovery of the overpayment, either through a refund or through instalments.

A teacher who becomes aware that s/he is being overpaid should contact the DES at the earliest opportunity.

For further information refer to Circular 15/04 Policy and Procedures for Dealing with Overpayment of Salary/Allowance

Ensuring Prompt Payment

Teachers on appointment to schools in a permanent/fixed-term capacity should complete the Primary Appointment/re-appointment form, which can be downloaded from the DES website.

Substitute teachers are extended for payment on the OLCS.


Updated: 23 July 2012