Quality of life, is a different argument altogether. You started down the road of comparing salaries. I continued down that road.
The calculation of the gross payroll is important to the employer. Calculation of gross pay less tax is important to the employee. The calculation of the % of gross payroll that ends up as net pay is meaningless to either.
You framed your calculation as a trivial 1% difference, and assuming your calcs are correct, it’s not; it’s a €7,400 difference.
Well I pay private insurance in a dual system that appears to work and my informant previously had a view of how much the hospitals (many more than a few)simply couldn’t be bothered collecting from health insurers.
Employees care about total net remuneration; i.e. net pay + pension contributions (employer contributions + affordability of employee contributions through tax relief) + other benefits with monetary value, generally in that order.
As a personal example, I care more abut a larger level of employer’s pension contribution or generous relief on AVCs than a small gross pay rise or marginal income tax rate reduction, I’m only slightly interested in a level of employer-funded health insurance above what I’d be prepared to fund myself and I don’t give a hoot about free gym membership.
They are both taxes on labour, you’re correct. That is the view looking at it from an employer’s perspective though.
But you did your calculation in the context of the pay scale need to attract someone to a job.
If I’m an employee looking at a job offer in two different jurisdictions, I’ll do a quick calculation based on the gross pay figure offered to me, and the current tax regime and see what my net pay will be in each. That’ll inform my decision greatly.
Suppose then the UK signals that employer’s NI is to be doubled, and at the same time in ROI, income tax is to jump by 10%. In the UK scenario, I’m not affected (obviously my potential employer is furious), but the bottom line for me essentially doesn’t change. UK isn’t any less attractive as an employment destination, while the ROI tax change would affect my take home pay significantly.
I’d be surprised if there’s more than 1 in 100 employees that even consider employer’s PRSI as a factor in their pay. It’s actually a fairly insidious tax as most employees just blithely assume that the tax they pay on their job is simply the difference between gross pay and net pay.
Life takes many a strange turn. Thirty years ago, if you’d told me that around about now I’d be envying Liam Cosgrave’s pension I would have nodded and backed away slowly. At least he gave some of it back.
And then there is you sideline in generating income from serial defamation suites.
And let’s not even mention your dealings over the same of the Hirschfeld Centre premises.
So how much does all that add up to?
Any you still want your sense of entitlement increment?
I have no problem with people working hard and earning lots of money. I do have a problem with a smug has-been without any sense of irony demanding tax payers’ money just because you have stuck around to a point where you are utterly irrelevant and pointless.