Pay rise for PhDs in Ireland, but failure to tackle other issues sees strike action threatened

PhD student in the lab

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Independent review recommends €25,000 salaries – however, questions over employment status and visas remain unanswered

An independent review has recommended that Irish PhD researchers are paid €25,000 (£21,500) per year. This represents a 30% increase for recipients of Science Foundation Ireland and Irish Research Council Awards.

The review’s authors set out to investigate the circumstances of the 10,000 PhD researchers in Ireland. But its recommendations have disappointed the Postgraduate Workers Organisation (PWO) union. In a statement the PWO detailed how the review failed to address areas of concern beyond pay. The organisation will now ballot its members on strike action.