Casual part-time teacher

Casual Part-Time Teacher

  • Employed on an occasional or non-regular basis, e.g. covering for sick leave.
  • Employed for less than 150 hours in school year.
  • Paid at a rate of €46.85 per hour (if first appointed before 1 January 2011) or €40.10 (if first appointed after 1 January 2011) or €38.87 (if first appointed after 1 February 2012)
  • This figure includes 22% compensation for holidays.
  • If hours exceed 150, the hours over 150 paid at rate of incremental salary ÷735.

A casual part-time teacher is appointed where there is an occasional or non-regular need for a teacher. For example, you would have a casual contract where you are covering for a teacher on sick leave.

Salary
Casual part-time teachers are paid only for the hours they work, but their rate of pay includes 22% holiday pay. They are paid at a rate of €46.85 per hour) if they were first appointed to a Department-paid teaching position before January 1, 2011) or €40.10 per hour (if first appointed to a Department paid position after January 1, 2011).

To work out your correct weekly salary:
Multiply the number of hours you worked during the week by €46.58/€40.10.

This will indicate how much gross salary you should be paid for that week, before deductions. 

Additional hours
If you work in excess of 150 hours in one year, the additional hours are paid at a higher non-casual part-time rate. This rate is determined by dividing your relevant point on the salary scale plus allowances (if applicable) by 735.

Department Circular 0034/2009 directs schools to give consideration to requests by teachers to transfer from part-time to full-time work or to increase their working time should the opportunity arise. In doing so, as with all teaching posts, employers must have regard to the curricular needs of the school and the qualifications required for the post.

Incremental credit
To claim incremental credit, casual part-time teachers must reach a threshold of 300 hours in one year. They will receive an increment for each 600 hours worked.

Sick leave
Casual part-time teachers have no formal entitlement to sick leave payment. Casual part-time teachers may, after three days of absence, be eligible for payment of Social Welfare Sickness Benefits during absences due to illness although this is dependent on the fulfillment of certain contribution qualifying conditions.

Frequently asked questions from casual part-time teachers

I’ve heard that if hours become available in a school they should be offered to part-time teachers already on staff – is there a requirement for management to do that?

Department of Education and Skills circular 0034/2009 states that as “far as possible, employers should give consideration to requests by workers to transfer from part-time to full-time work or to increase their working time should the opportunity arise. In doing so, as with all teaching appointments, employers must have regard to the curricular needs of the school and the qualifications required for the post.” This circular is backed up by European legislation.

Management should examine the situation carefully and make every effort to increase part-time hours when they can. If you believe hours could have been given to you and were not, call us in Head Office.

Can I claim social welfare for periods when I am not working?

You can claim social welfare for periods when you are unemployed but your payments may be deferred or delayed because of the percentage of holiday pay you received while working. Even if the amount of holiday pay received means that your social welfare payment will be nil, it is advisable to claim benefit regardless in order to maintain your PRSI credits over the summer months. See www.welfare.ie for more information.

For more frequently asked questions for non-permanent teachers, click here