Budget 2018 - What does it mean for education, job creation and career opportunities?
Minister Paschal Donohoe has today committed to increased spending in Budget 2018 for frontline staffing in Education, Health and An Garda Síochána. Inceased expenditure in Construction will mean further demand for workers in the sector. Tourism has also been given a boost.
Summary budget details announced by Minister Paschal Donohoe today:
- Under the Education allocation there will be an additional 1,300 teaching posts next year to reduce the primary pupil teacher ratio to 26:1.
- There will be €1.7 billion invested in special education, with more than 1,000 new Special Needs Assistants being recruited before September 2018. Childcare is also to receive an extra €20m to support the extension of the free pre-school programme and other measures.
- An additional 800 Gardaí are to be recruited during 2018.
- Another 500 civilians to be hired for an Garda Síochána during 2018.
- Health allocation includes additional 1,800 staff in frontline services across acute, mental health, disability, primary and community care sectors.
- €1.83 billion has been allocated to housing in Budget 2018. An extra €500m is being allocated for the direct building programme, which will see an additional 3,000 new build social houses by 2021, increasing the existing target of social housing homes to 50,000, of which 33,500 will be delivered through construction.
- 6,000 new apprenticeships and 10 new apprenticeship schemes in 2018
- 1,000 additional Springboard places will be introduced.
- 2,100 extra places will be provided in higher education to cater for demographic growth.
- The VAT rate on the tourism and services sector will remain at 9% and an allocation of over €2 billion in total funding for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been made for next year. This includes €112m for funding to further enhance the country's tourism offering and to market the Ireland abroad.
- The minimum wage is to increase from €9.25 to €9.55 from January 2018.
EDUCATION- the breakdown includes 100 teaching posts for Career Guidance.
Over 2,200 extra posts in schools will be provided in September 2018, including:
- 1,091 Special Needs Assistants
- 1,280 new teaching posts in schools in 2018. Including:
- 545 new teaching posts to cater for an estimated 8000 extra pupils in 2018
- 305 posts to provide for a reduction in the primary staffing schedule from 27:1 to 26:1
- 230 new teachers in special classes and special schools
- 100 new Special Education teachers
- 100 teaching posts for guidance
- 10 NEPS psychologists will be recruited in 2018.
The CareersPortal Team