The Department of Education administers pension schemes for:
teaching staff (primary, secondary and community and comprehensive schools) and
non-teaching staff (special needs assistants, certain clerical officers and certain caretakers in primary schools).
The department also has an advisory and regulatory role in relation to pension schemes in Education and Training Boards (ETBs), Institutes of Technology, Universities, Colleges of Education and certain education bodies.
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Use the Pensions Modeller / Estimator to estimate your potential pension benefits.
As outlined in Department of Education Circular 03/2021, a waiver is in place for a limited period- calendar years 2021, 2022 and 2023 for appropriately qualified teachers who:
are employed in the capacity for which they are qualified;
are suitable for employment in all respects and;
in circumstances where it is not practicable to meet the teaching requirements other than by the employment of a retired teacher
The abatement waiver applies to the first 50 days worked in any calendar year. For the purposes of this waiver any day in which a teacher works is counted as 1 day regardless of the number of hours worked.
Department of Education Waiver of Abatement of Public Sector Pensions
Since retirees are moved to the first point of the pay scale upon returning to employment, the vast majority of retired teachers will not be subject to any abatement as a result of occasional substitute work.
Abatement becomes somewhat more likely for those retirees who have returned to work in a full-time capacity and/or have advanced several points up the pay scale. However even in these circumstances a large majority of retirees will not be subject to any abatement.
Please note that, in order to remain eligible for employment in a state funded teaching post or in order to supervise the State Examinations, a teacher must maintain his/her registration with the Teaching Council. You can maintain your registration using the online portal on https://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/
For further information regarding teacher registration, pay scales and terms and conditions of employment, which are available on the Department of Education website www.gov.ie/education
Access important information after retirement, including: