The sheet below sets out the salaries for Air Traffic
Controllers in February 1981. It also illustrates the career structure
of the day. Each job within ATC was allocated a particular Class and
controllers advanced by moving to jobs with higher classification. In
those days all Controllers worked in the Tower, Area and Operations
areas, with many going on to work radar Approach, which was considered
the pinnacle. Notable also is that a significant component of ATC salaries
was the additional amount earned for shiftwork, which was paid on a
shift-by-shift basis as appropriate.
this time ATC was still part of the Public Service and salaries were
set by the Public Service Board. The benchmark used was equivalence
to the salary of a DC-9 First Officer.
structure changed dramatically in the early 1990s with the introduction
of 'streaming', whereby controllers were trained in only one of Approach,
Area or Tower (Ops was discontinued). It is fair to say that this latter
approach has not been without its problems operationally.