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University Pay Scale - "Bar'

  • 09-04-2023 12:26pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4,893 ✭✭✭


    Looking at a pay scale in university and notice the word "bar" between increments.

    What does this mean?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,871 ✭✭✭granturismo

    Sometimes if the 'bar' appears in a job title - its a salary scale that no longer exists but there are still some staff on that scale usually approaching retirement age. An agreement with the university and union was reached to no longer appoint staff at this grade as part some historical negotiation.

    Probably more commonly, where the bar is in the middle of a salary scale, I think it can mean staff have the same job title but staff above the bar have more responsibilities than staff below the bar. It may be a mechanism of attracting job applicants to the pay grade but there is a bar maxing their earnings half way up the scale - this is still a higher salary than the pay grade below this but keeps finance happy that they appointees wont be earning the salary above the bar.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,893 ✭✭✭Daith

    Thank you, the second part sounds about right. Just hadn't seen it before.