Muck And Brass


Today’s Irish Independent

it was confirmed that around 40 managers received increases averaging 3.25pc. Overall, the 207 managers received an average increase of 1.55pc in 2016.

The station will not release the financial value of the increases but they are understood to be worth a minimum of €1,000 per employee.

The most up-to-date information available from RTÉ shows the average salary in 2015 was €57,564, but the vast majority of managers could expect to be on more than this.

RTÉ’s pay bill rose by €5m last year and is likely to keep rising ahead of plans for 200 job cuts.

Cash-strapped RTÉ paid secret bonuses to bosses despite €20m deficit (Kevin Doyle, Irish Independent)


RTÉ can clarify that it has not introduced ‘secret bonuses’ to RTÉ staff. As we have stated clearly many times previously, RTÉ introduced a series of cuts to staff pay as part of significant reform across the organisation from 2008 – 2013 which saw a reduction in operating costs of €130 million.

Pay restoration – reintroduced in 2015 – is based on binding agreements negotiated by the RTÉ Trade Union Group on behalf of RTÉ staff and followed this period of cuts to staff pay.

Uniquely RTÉ was the only public body to voluntarily suspend and stop increments, stopping manager increments for some 4 years.

As agreed with the RTÉ Trade Union Group and as communicated to RTÉ staff in 2015, pay restoration is being introduced on a phased basis: 15pc was restored on 21 December 2015; a further 42.5pc was restored on 19 December, 2016; additional tranches of 21.25pc each were restored on June 30, 2017 and on December 18, 2017.

Increments apply within existing salary ranges, which are below the 2009 levels. These payments are not bonuses. RTÉ confirms that managers have not received bonuses or general pay increases.

RTÉ will bring forward the publication of fees paid to its Top 10 most highly-paid presenters, and expects to release details shortly. In line with our public commitment RTÉ has been publishing details of the fees of its top ten highest earners for a number of years.

Regarding questions about payment by gender, RTÉ has also confirmed that a review of role and gender equality across the organisation will take place, and we will announce more details of that review soon.

Statement from RTÉ this morning


10 thoughts on “Muck And Brass

  1. Jake38

    The usual public service piffle from Radio SIPTU. Nothing about the tax were all forced to pay for the dreck (finnucane, Duffy, tubs, Fair City,etc,etc) they churn out.

  2. Rugbyfan

    Is the issue of gender equality is overshadowing the fact that someone who reads the news can get north of 150k. and people wonder why the station looses 20 million!

      1. Rugbyfan

        When will the anger come to the surface…it is pathetic that it is allowed to survive,,,

  3. Praetorian

    I have never paid nor will i ever pay their bonus topping tv tax.The relentless playing of the ‘€1000 fine warning ad’ every 20mins on radio proves just how desperate they are to scare people to pay this poopy.
    Revenue stream from this bully tax has obviously fallen well below par…people waking up.

          1. Praetorian

            If you’re a contributor on this site,or maybe even a part time peruser i woulld deem you to have a reasonable level of social intelligence….so i would therefore deem you to know the differance between the taxes and levies i NEED to pay which im raped of at source…and the festidious chancey taxes our overseers wish us to pay…stop trying to be a childish smart arse.
            You know excatley what i meant.

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