Q. How is Abatement worked out
Abatement is determined by the specified period of re- employment and with reference to the work in that period. The extent of the ‘specified period’ may have the impact of permitting you to earn up to 50% of the uprated salary of your former post, before your pension is reduced.
The following example illustrates the impact that re-employment may have on pension:
- A Senior Enhanced Nurse whose salary is €55,026 retires with 40 years’ service with an annual pension of €27,513.
- She subsequently becomes reemployed in the public health service as a senior enhanced nurse working 25 hours per week for a period of one year.
- Total salary for the year amounts to €36,683 (i.e. €55,026 divided by 52.18 divided by 37.5 = €28.12 multiplied by 25 multiplied by 52.18 = €36,683).
- Pay (€36,683) plus pension (€27,513) for the year equals €64,196 which exceeds the senior enhanced nurse rate of pay by €9,170.
- Pension must be abated or reduced by this amount so that the balance (€18,343) plus pay (€36,683) does not exceed €55,026 (senior enhanced nurse rate of pay).
- No abatement of pension would apply if the nurse worked 18.75 hours per week for a period of one year, because pension and pay would not exceed the senior enhanced nurse rate of pay.