CIDs explained

Find out about Contracts of Indefinite Duration and learn about the criteria you need to meet in order to qualify

Teachers employed on contracts of indefinite duration (CID) have all the same rights and entitlements as permanent teachers. 

Click here for important update. CID stands for Contract of Indefinite Duration. This is essentially the same as a permanent contract, except that the holder is paid based on the hours they teach. A teacher is usually entitled to a CID if they have worked on two continuous fixed-term contracts in the same school, providing they were not covering for a colleague absent on an approved leave of absence scheme in the fourth year and as long as there is a continuing need for their position.  

The only difference between a contract of indefinite duration and a permanent contract is that CID holders who teach less than 18 hours are paid at an hourly rate for the number of hours they teach each week. CID holders on 18 hours or more per week are paid a full-time salary.

Significant gains for temporary teachers

New arrangements which came into effect in September 2015 mean teachers in temporary positions will become eligible for CIDs after two years, in a school, provided they meet the criteria for a CID.
Teachers covering for those on career break and secondments also qualify for CIDs after two years.
CID teachers with additional temporary hours will get these hours on a permanent basis after just one year (previously the requrement was 3 years). 

The new arrangements follow a lengthy campaign by the teacher unions to have the issue of casualisation in second-level teaching addressed. The report of the Expert Group on Fixed-Term and Part-Time Employment in Primary and Second-Level Education in Ireland (the Ward report), which was negotiated by the ASTI as part of the Haddington Road Agreement, recommended that teachers replacing absentees on career break should no longer be barred from receiving CIDs on the basis of such employment.

Qualifying for a CID

The granting of CIDs for teachers is governed by Circular 0024/2015.

In order to qualify for a CID you must:

  • be registered with the Teaching Council
  • hold appropriate qualifications, including a PGDE/H.Dip/PME
  • Have in excess of two years continuous teaching service, under two or more successive written contracts of employment with the same employer that were paid for by monies provided by the Oireachtas

Teachers who meet the above criteria will be entitled to a CID unless:

  • Their post will not be viable within a reasonable period, and this was set out as an objective ground in writing in the previous contract
  • They are covering for a teacher on an approved scheme of leave of absence (other than for Career Break or Secondment) and this was set out as an objective ground in writing in the previous contract.

CID hours
The hours of the CID will be those hours for which the teacher was engaged on a fixed-term contract in the school year prior to the issuing of the CID.


CID 18 hours or more
A CID holder on 18 hours or more may be paid full time salary if they agree in writing to be timetabled up to 22 hours per week.A Form H22 must be completed and returned to the Department of Education or ETB's to enable teachers to have their salary adjusted. This means they will be paid a yearly salary of their relevant point on the salary scale plus allowances, if applicable. 

CID with fewer than 18 hours
A teacher with a CID who teaches fewer than 18 hours a week is paid a fraction of their relevant point on the salary scale plus allowances based on the number of hours they are contracted to work each week.
a) Determine your relevant point on the salary scale, and add allowances (if applicable). Divide this number by 52 (weeks in the year)
b) Divide again by 22 (22 hours = full time hours)
c) Multiply by the number of hours you are contracted to work each week

This will indicate how much gross salary you should be paid each week, before deductions. As teachers are paid every fortnight, you should multiply this figure by two to check if the 'gross salary' figure on your payslip is correct.   

Incremental credit
Teachers can claim incremental credit for each year worked on a CID contract.

Sick leave
Paid sick leave for CID teachers is limited to a maximum of 365 days of absence in any period of four consecutive years of teaching service. In calculating the 365 days absence both certified and uncertified sick leave will be counted. For more information, see the sick leave section.

Frequently asked questions on CIDs

I have had a number of fixed-term contracts: am I entitled to a CID?

You may be entitled to a contract of indefinite duration (CID) if: you have been employed in the same school for two successive years; if you have not been covering for a teacher on an approved scheme of leave of absence (other than for Career Break or Secondment) in the second year and that was set out in writing; and, if the position remains viable. See Circular letter 0024/2015 for the terms and conditions governing the granting of a CID. For important information on CIDs and ASTI / Department dispute click here.

If you believe you are entitled to a CID, confirm with your principal that they intend to offer you one for the next school year. If you are not offered a CID and feel you are entitled to one, contact your ASTI industrial relations representative for advice.

Please note that if you are refused a CID you believe you are entitled to, you have four weeks from the date of refusal to appeal to the adjudicator. You should also contact the ASTI as soon as possible to discuss your case. 

I’m hoping to get a contract of indefinite duration (CID) from next September. I know that this contract will be based on the hours I teach this year but I only have 12 hours at present. Can these hours be increased in the future if hours become available?

The number of hours included in a CID equates to the number of hours you held under fixed-term contract in the year prior to the granting of the CID. While you hold a CID, you can teach additional hours in the school, if they are available. However, these additional hours are not automatically included in your CID, meaning that they are not permanent hours. If you hold the additional hours for a full school year and if they remain viable beyond that they may become part of your overall CID.

Department Circular 0034/2009 directs management, where possible, to offer available teaching hours to part-time teachers who are not on full hours. So, if hours become available in the subjects you are qualified to teach, you should be considered for these hours. If these hours meet CID criteria and are viable, they may be added to your CID after one year.

For more frequently asked questions from non-permanent teachers click here.