School prin­ci­pals among Europe’s big­gest earn­ers

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY LYNNE KELLEHER news@irish­mir­ror.ie

IRE­LAND’S head teach­ers are among the best paid in Europe with top level sec­ondary school lead­ers tak­ing home six-fig­ure salaries.

A new re­port re­veals school heads in the prin­ci­pal­ity of Liecht­en­stein have the high­est wage pack­ets with up to €170,000 in an­nual earn­ings which is just over 50% more than their Ir­ish coun­ter­parts who can earn a top salary of €112,000.

Ire­land ranks eighth among nearly 40 coun­tries when it comes to salaries for sec­ondary school prin­ci­pals.

Ir­ish heads can earn twice as much as Span­ish or Ital­ian ed­u­ca­tors and nearly four times as much as Greek head teach­ers.

Lux­em­bourg heads are sec­ond on the list with a sub­stan­tial salary of €153,000.

Our near­est neigh­bours in the UK are in fourth place with state school heads earn­ing a top wage of just over €123,000, al­though the head teach­ers in pri­vate schools can earn much more. The an­nual salaries of prin­ci­pals are part of a newly re­leased Euro­pean Com­mis­sion re­port on teach­ers’ pay.


School heads earn dif­fer­ent salaries depend­ing on the size and other char­ac­ter­is­tics of the school in more than half of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems. Ire­land also ranks eighth in terms of start­ing salary for pri­mary school teach­ers while the na­tion ranks 12th on the ta­ble when it comes to the start­ing salary of a sec­ondary school teacher.

In sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, the small­est per­cent­age in­crease be­tween the start­ing and top salary is found in Lithua­nia at 3% but Ire­land is in stark con­trast with a 89% jump through the ca­reer of a teacher who can al­most dou­ble their start­ing salary.

The re­port – Teach­ers’ and School Heads’ Salaries and Al­lowances in Europe 2016/17 – noted pay and con­di­tions in eastern Europe are sub­stan­tially lower than in other parts of the con­ti­nent. It also re­vealed Ire­land, along with the UK, Spain and Greece, are among the nine coun­tries where real salaries of be­gin­ning teach­ers are now lower than in 2009 and 2010.

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