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Local Authority Employment

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Terms and Conditions for Local Authorities Employees

The Department is responsible for setting Terms and Conditions of employment for grades in Local Authorities. Salaries are set in line with central Government pay policy.

Local Authority Salary Scales

Workforce planning and monitoring of staff numbers:

The Department is responsible for workforce planning for the local government sector, including monitoring of local government sector employment levels. For up-to-date numbers working in the Local Authority sector please follow this link to the Databank of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

This databank provides access to the following information from 1980 onwards:

  • Public Service Staff Numbers
  • Numbers of staff employed in each sector

Qualifications for Local Authority Employees:

Under Section 160 of the Local Government Act 2001 (as amended), the Minister is responsible for setting and declaring qualifications for employees in local authorities.

A project is currently underway to review of all qualifications for the sector. When new or revised qualifications are declared, they will be made available to view and download from this page.

The review involves liaising with (amongst others) sectoral groups, regulatory and professional bodies and public sector unions.

Set out below are recently declared qualifications for the following business functions: