Regular part-time teacher

Regular part-time teacher

  • Employed for school year before November 1st (or first day after school mid-term).
  • Teaching for a prescribed number of hours per week.
  • Paid salary to August 31st on pro-rata basis.
  • Salary based on contracted hours per week as a fraction of 22 hours.

A regular part-time teacher (also known as pro-rata contracted) teacher is appointed where the need for a teacher is viable for at least a year. For example, you would have a pro-rata contract where you are covering concessionary hours or for a teacher on career break.

Regular part-time teachers are employed to teach a prescribed number of hours each week. They are employed for the full year, meaning they are paid a regular salary each fortnight until August 31. They are also paid during holidays.


A regular part-time teacher's salary is based on their relevant point on the salary scale plus allowances (if applicable) and the number of hours they are contracted to work each week.

To work out your correct weekly salary:
a) Determine your relevant point on the salary scale, and add allowances (if applicable). Divide this number by 52 (weeks in the year)
b) Divide again by 22 (22 hours = full time hours)
c) Multiply by the number of hours you are contracted to work each week

This will indicate how much gross salary you should be paid each week, before deductions. As teachers are paid every fortnight, you should multiply this figure by two to check if the 'gross salary' figure on your payslip is correct.   

Additional hours
If you work more than the prescribed number of hours in one week, you will be paid for these hours at an hourly rate determined by dividing your relevant salary point 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
Regular part-time teachers can claim incremental credit for each year worked on a regular part-time contract.

Regular part-time teachers cannot be treated any less favourably than permanent teachers, in terms of pay, pensions, promotion posts and general conditions of employment, unless objective grounds exist and are set out in writing. They have the same access to training and the same entitlements to leave, including maternity leave (to the end of the contract), parental leave, carer’s leave, compassionate leave, etc.

Sick leave
Regular part-time teachers are paid for sick leave. Paid sick leave for regular part-time teachers is limited to a maximum of 365 days of absence in any period of four consecutive years of teaching service. In calculating the 365 days absence both certified and uncertified sick leave will be counted. For more information, see the sick leave section.

Posts of responsibility
Non-permanent teachers are entitled to apply for posts of responsibility in second-level schools and their service of 200 hours or more in a year or 22 weeks or more in a year is reckonable as a year when calculating seniority. See Department Circular PPT05/02.

Frequently asked questions from pro-rata contracted teachers

I have a contract to teach French and Irish for 10 hours a week. One of the other French teachers in the school is retiring this year. That teacher has a permanent position; should I automatically get that job?

Firstly, it is important to note that the job may no longer exist when the teacher retires - for example, if your school is over quota. If the job does continue to exist, it may be absorbed through the granting of a CID to another teacher on the staff; it may be filled through the redeployment scheme; if the subjects match, the hours may be distributed to existing CID holders on less than full hours; and only then may it be advertised. If the post is advertised, you can apply for it, as can other teachers, but there is no guarantee that you will be awarded the position. Your first move should be to inform the principal that you are interested in the position or in the hours of the position.

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.

Am I entitled to a job in the next school year?

As is the case with any fixed-term contract, when your period of employment expires your employer is not obliged to offer you further work. However, if you have been in the school for more than a year and the position you hold remains viable or there are other hours available in your subject, you may have an entitlement to the position. You should discuss the situation with your principal and if in doubt, contact ASTI Head Office.

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