Montessori Alliance

Rates of Pay for Childhood Professionals in Ireland 2013

We conducted an online survey which we asked people who were currently working in the childhood sector in Ireland to complete.  We used Survey Monkey to construct the survey and used social media and Montessori Alliance’s website to gather respondents.

The survey was open for responses from the 4th of September 2013 until the 12th of September 2013.

It was decided to aim for a cohort of 500 to give a true and accurate representation of the current hourly rate of pay of the childhood professional, the level of qualifications of childhood professionals and how their level of pay impacts on their standard of living.

Six questions were posed to respondents:

•What is the highest level of education you have completed?
•Are you an employer, employee or self employed with no employees?
•Which county in Ireland do you work in?
•What is your current rate of pay from your main job? If self employed and not taking a wage from your business estimate how much your rate of pay is when all expenses have been deducted.
•If you factor in all the costs such as light, heat, insurance, rates, wages etc., how much would you have to charge per child per hour to meet your costs?
•Do you need to supplement the income you receive from your main job by working at a  second job or by extending the services you offer?

Where open ended questions were asked respondents were asked to elaborate on their answer as the qualitative narrative collected serves to add context to the quantitative data.

The following pictures show the results of the survey.  Click here if you’d prefer to read it as a pdf  and if you’d like to view it as a powerpoint slideshow click here  The survey was presented to Minister Fitzgerald the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on the 26/9/2013.

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