DFI Salary Information

The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) represents the interests and the expectations of people with disabilities to be fully included in Irish society. It comprises organisations that represent and support people with disabilities and disabling conditions.

Our vision is an Ireland where people with disabilities and disabling conditions are fully included and enabled to reach their full potential in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN CRPD.

DFI employs 27 (23.3 whole time equivalent)staff around the country.

DFI pay scales were historically created having regard to scales in civil or public service organisations, as we are a public benefit organisation, while being conscious that we are an independent voluntary organisation with a relatively small staff complement. However since 2014 DFI has no longer been able to maintain alignment with these pay scales. Increments have also been frozen since 2014. Furthermore all posts created since then have been offered a fixed amount. 

Pay is by far the highest cost area in the organisation as our work is involved in providing services and supports through staff. DFI is currently working to introduce a sustainable and equitable renumeration.

We have a defined contribution pension scheme which is therefore not similar to public service bodies.

Salary scales were historically based on public service grades 3,4,5,6,7 and 8 with the CEO salary based on Principal Officer Higher scale. The CEO salary is currently at €106,135pa.

Following the election of John Dolan, CEO, to the Senate, his DFI salary has been reduced by the amount of his Senate salary. This saving in salary costs has been made available to DFI to advance its work.