Dáil Éireann - Volume 605 - 28 June, 2005
Written Answers - Ministerial Staff.
Mr. Hogan Mr. Hogan
420. Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the names, titles, dates of appointment, total annual salary including pension contributions of each of the special or political advisers, personal assistants or personal secretaries appointed by him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22546/05]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Mr. Martin:The following table outlines the six appointments I have made since my  appointment as Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on 29 September 2004. The individ uals concerned have transferred with me from the Department of Health and Children. Each appointment is effective from that date.
All salaries are subject to the approval of the Minister for Finance. In general and subject to previous earnings prior to commencement in the post, the total remuneration for special advisers is related to individual points on the principal officer scale, personal assistants is related to individual points on the higher executive officer scale and personal secretaries is related to individual points on the executive officer scale. The current terms of the non-contributory pension scheme for non-established State employees and of the spouses and children’s contributory scheme for non-established State employees apply to each of the above appointments except for Mr. Mannion. In the case of Mr. Mannion, who is a civil servant on loan from the Department of Education and Science, the terms of the superannuation scheme for established civil servants recruited prior to April 1995 are applicable.
The current deductions being undertaken for superannuation purposes for each appointee amount to approximately 1.5% of gross annual earnings. An appointee has the option of choosing to pursue either an approved private pension fund option subject to certain conditions being met or membership of the non-established State employees and of the contributory spouses’ and children pension scheme.
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