Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 18 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Public Service Remuneration.

  88. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Finance his estimate of the public service pay bill in 2005 based on the target employment levels for the year as outlined in his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 125 of 4 November 2004; the estimated increase in the pay bill over 2004; and the amount of the extra payments represented by the change in public service numbers, the benchmarking awards, the carry-over of existing pay settlements and additional pay increases due to be made in the course of 2005. [29538/04]

[1502]   Mr. Cowen: The total increase in the gross pay bill in 2005 will be €1.06 billion or 7.4% over the 2004 estimated outturn. This is broken down as follows:

€m

2004 Forecast Outturn

14,182

2005 Estimate

15,239

1,057

of which:

Sustaining Progress

530 (of which €388 million represents the 2005 carry-over of the general round increases from 2004)

Benchmarking

174

Numbers

134

Other pay

219

Details of the above figures are included in the 2005 Abridged Estimates Volume being presented to the House today.