Met Éire­ann forced to pull €10,000 ‘leapfrog’ pay of­fer to job can­di­dates

Irish Independent - - News - Anne-Marie Walsh In­dus­try Correspond­ent

MET Éire­ann has been forced to pull an of­fer of a pay hike of al­most €10,000 for new me­te­o­rol­o­gists by Paschal Dono­hoe’s Ex­pen­di­ture Depart­ment.

The weather fore­cast­ing ser­vice had of­fered suc­cess­ful can­di­dates the tempt­ing pos­si­bil­ity of leapfrog­ging up their pay scale after three years in the job.

A can­di­date in­for­ma­tion book­let said staff could skip three in­cre­ments on their pay scale after three years, and move from a €34,922 a year wage to €44,706 if they per­formed well in the job. The me­te­o­rol­o­gist pay scale starts at €31,835 and grad­u­ally rises to €81,485.

The va­can­cies were ad­ver­tised by the Pub­lic Ap­point­ments Ser­vice and there was a clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions last week.

When con­tacted yes­ter­day, a Met Éire­ann spokesman ini­tially said the wage hike clause was “un­der re­view” by the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ex­pen­di­ture and Re­form Later, he con­firmed it was be­ing with­drawn. “There were com­mu­ni­ca­tions is­sues,” he said. “This clause shouldn’t have been al­lowed. It was a case of the left hand not know­ing what the right hand is do­ing.”

He said the weather ser­vice must now de­cide whether it will run a new com­pe­ti­tion or con­tinue with the same one with­out the pay jump of­fer.

The na­tional sec­re­tary of Fórsa’s Civil Ser­vice Di­vi­sion, Andy Pike, said: “For can­di­dates who ap­plied for the posts on the un­der­stand­ing that jump in­cre­ments were avail­able, the uni­lat­eral with­drawal of this agreed pro­vi­sion is an ab­so­lute sham­bles.”

The depart­ment said the pro­vi­sion was “in­cluded in er­ror and this is now be­ing cor­rected”.

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