Some workers at Revenue shared special payments of over €81,000 last year in response to their good ideas about cutting waste and improving productivity.
In 2013, Revenue re-introduced a staff suggestion scheme to encourage staff to look for new ways to reduce cost, improve productivity, eliminate waste and improve customer service delivery.
In recognition of the ideas, a Revenue spokeswoman said some modest awards were made to recognise contributions.
The staff recognition schemes is one of three such schemes and the spokeswoman said Revenue last year paid staff €81,167 for 1,395 awards.
This followed €96,666 made through 1,393 awards made under staff suggestion schemes in 2013.
On the staff recognition schemes, the Revenue spokeswoman stressed “the awards scheme is not a bonus payment scheme. These are awards to individual staff members or teams of staff by way of recognition for exceptional performance of duty”.
She said: “The scheme is a useful motivational tool in the current climate and the average award for individuals is very low — approximately €68 in 2013 and €58 in 2014.”
The spokeswoman said: “There were no ex-gratia or bonus payments made to Revenue officials in 2014.”
Figures supplied by Finance Minister Michael Noonan in a written Dáil reply show the number of high earners at Revenue has decreased sharply as a result of a combination of the provisions of Haddington Road Agreement and the retirement of senior officers.
In a written Dáil reply to Tommy Broughan TD, Mr Noonan said three staff members will earn €150,000 to €200,000 this year with 23 earning €150,000 to €100,000.
This followed three earning in the €150,000 to €200,000 bracket in 2013 with 60 earning between €100,000 to €150,000.
The other Revenue staff recognition schemes are the instant performance awards where managers can grant modest awards to staff in recognition of notable, exceptional performance or achievement.
These awards are normally paid in the form of gift cards or vouchers.
Also, through the world customs organisation awards, recognition is made of outstanding contributions made by staff, including Irish Customs, and awards certificates of merit.
The contributions by Revenue’s successful officers may also be recognised by granting Revenue-specific awards.
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