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					Guidelines for Contract Researchers Salary Scales 2010
The universities have agreed to introduce new IUA Researcher Salary Scales. This has been
done in collaboration with the VP/Deans of Research, HR Directors Group and approved by
IUA Council.

The new scales are to apply to all future grant applications, effective from 1 April 2010. The
main characteristic of the new scales is that they reduce the number of increments at each
level and set a barrier on moving automatically between categories.

Please note that these scales are only guidelines and have no legal basis. Situations may arise
where it is not appropriate to use the researcher salary scale guidelines as funding may not
allow it or alternatively the scales may pose a restriction to the recruitment of appropriately
qualified researchers.

Who do the new scales apply to?
The revision of the IUA advisory salary scales is intended to apply to all future grant
applications and renewals made post 1 April 2010, and will not apply to existing awards or
contracts. It is also intended that the scales should only apply to new researchers i.e. existing
researchers who are the subject of a new award or renewal will continue on the scale
applicable to the grade at which they entered.

Should an Employer Pension contribution of 15% be included as part of the overall budget?
Employer pension contribution of 15% should be provided in respect of non exchequer funded
sources such as industry and international. In accordance with the policy agreed between the
University Sector and the Department of Finance, effective 1 January 2010, funding for state
funded employer costs will be provided on a "Pay as You Go" basis. Consequently provision
need not be made in respect of employer pension costs at 15% in proposals to state funded
research bodies as they are effectively covered.
Guidelines for Contract Researchers Salary Scales 2011


                                                   CURRENT RATE FOR PRE 2011 APPOINTMENTS (Applicable                                   CURRENT RATE FOR POST 2011 APPOINTMENTS TO
                                                                   from 1 April 2010)                                                 STARTER GRADES (All new entrants on/after 1 January 2011)




                                                      GROSS            Obligatory      Additional Costs -                                GROSS           Obligatory        Additional Costs -
                                                     SALARY           contribution       see Notes C          Budget Amount             SALARY          contribution         see Notes C        Budget Amount
                    Column 1                          Column 2          Column 3           Column 4               Column 5              Column 2           Column 3             Column 4            Column 5

Researcher Salary Scales

                                                     Gross Salary/   Employer's PRSI      Employer's           Annual Cost to          Gross Salary/    Employer's PRSI        Employer's         Annual Cost to
                                                      annum (€)      @ 10.75% (€)       Pension @10%              Budget                annum (€)       @ 10.75% (€)         Pension @10%            Budget
Research Assistant                     Point 1          21,850            2,349              2,185                26,384                  19,665             2,114                1,967              23,745
               LEVEL 1                 Point 2          22,506            2,419              2,251                27,176                  20,255             2,177                2,026              24,458
                                       Point 3          23,181            2,492              2,318                27,991                  20,863             2,243                2,086              25,192
                                       Point 4          23,876            2,567              2,388                28,830                  21,488             2,310                2,149              25,947
                                       Point 5          24,592            2,644              2,459                29,695                  22,133             2,379                2,213              26,725
                                       Point 6          25,330            2,723              2,533                30,586                  22,797             2,451                2,280              27,527
                                       Point 7          26,090            2,805              2,609                31,504                  23,481             2,524                2,348              28,353
                                       Point 8          26,873            2,889              2,687                32,449                  24,186             2,600                2,419              29,204
                                       Point 9          27,679            2,975              2,768                33,422                  24,911             2,678                2,491              30,080
                                       Point 10         28,509            3,065              2,851                34,425                  25,658             2,758                2,566              30,982
                                       Point 11         29,342            3,154              2,934                35,430                  26,408             2,839                2,641              31,887
                                       Point 12         30,200            3,247              3,020                36,467                  27,180             2,922                2,718              32,820
                                       Point 13         31,083            3,341              3,108                37,533                  27,975             3,007                2,797              33,779
                                       Point 14         31,993            3,439              3,199                38,632                  28,794             3,095                2,879              34,768
                                       Point 15         32,930            3,540              3,293                39,763                  29,637             3,186                2,964              35,787
Post-Doctorate Researcher              Point 1          37,750            4,058              3,775                45,583                  33,975             3,652                3,398              41,025
               LEVEL 2                 Point 2          38,860            4,177              3,886                46,923                  34,974             3,760                3,497              42,231
                                       Point 3          40,003            4,300              4,000                48,304                  36,003             3,870                3,600              43,473
                                       Point 4          41,181            4,427              4,118                49,726                  37,063             3,984                3,706              44,753
                                       Point 5          42,394            4,557              4,239                51,191                  38,155             4,102                3,815              46,072
                                       Point 6          43,643            4,692              4,364                52,699                  39,279             4,222                3,928              47,429
                                       Point 7          44,930            4,830              4,493                54,253                  40,437             4,347                4,044              48,828
                                       Point 8          46,255            4,972              4,626                55,853                  41,630             4,475                4,163              50,268
Research Fellow                        Point 1          51,716            5,559              5,172                62,447
               LEVEL 3                 Point 2          53,245            5,724              5,325                64,293               2010 Scales apply as Research Fellow is a Non Starter
                                       Point 3          54,820            5,893              5,482                66,195                                      Grade
                                       Point 4          56,442            6,068              5,644                68,154
Senior Research Fellow                 Point 1          63,125            6,786              6,313                76,223
               LEVEL 4                 Point 2          64,996            6,987              6,500                78,483               2010 Scales apply as Senior Research Fellow is a Non
                                       Point 3          66,885            7,190              6,689                80,764                                   Starter Grade
                                       Point 4          68,817            7,398              6,882                83,097

HOW TO USE THE GUIDELINES
A. Decide on the level of experience you require for the research (Column 1). In all instances the new appointee will be placed on the first point of the relevant scale . Please ensure that you use the rates that will apply at the time of receipt of funding (see Rates above).

B. Allow for Annual Salary Scale point increases.
C. In general, additional ANNUAL costs to your budget, as an employer will be employers PRSI contribution and pension costs. The employers PRSI contribution is 10.75%. In line with current proposals being considered by the Department of Finance (February 2011) provision needs to be made in res
proposals to both state funded research bodies and non exchequer funded sources (e.g. industry and international).




Note:
1. The IUA Researcher Salary Guidelines have been amended to reflect the pay reduction under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Bill, 2009
                 You are obliged under the Fixed Term Workers Act (2003) to provide Pension Costs for temporary and contract staff. In line with
                 current proposals being considered by the Department of Finance (February 2011) provision needs to be made in respect of employer
                 pension costs at 10% in proposals to both state funded research bodies and non exchequer funded sources (e.g. industry and
                 international).




                                                                HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY?
                   In all instances the new appointee will be placed on the FIRST point of the relevant scale. The relevant scale will relate to
                       the nature of the work. These are the TYPICAL qualifications/ experience you would expect for this level of remuneration.

                 Minimum of primary Degree in relevant discipline with little or no research experience.




                 Minimum of PhD or equivalent* research experience (including industrial R&D).




                 Minimum of significant post-doctoral and/or industrial research experience.
                 Capable of independent research


                 Minimum of very significant post-doctoral and/or industrial research experience.
                 Record of post-graduate supervision, international collaboration and funding acquisition
                 Record of research leadership and research management




u use the rates that will apply at the time of receipt of funding (see Rates above).


posals being considered by the Department of Finance (February 2011) provision needs to be made in respect of employer pension costs at 10% in

				
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