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# Minimum Wage

Last month
May 2023
# Your Say
Poll: Would you like to see the minimum wage raised?
ICTU has called for the minimum wage to be increased.
Last year
# Minimum Wage
Govt expected to approve 80 cent increase in minimum wage
It’s understood that the minimum wage will rise from €10.50 to €11.30 an hour.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the minimum wage be increased to €14 per hour?
Mandate Trade Union has called for the minimum wage to be increased in Budget 2023.
# Leo Varadkar
'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste
In an exclusive interview, Leo Varadkar also indicated the minimum wage is to increase.
Varadkar says the Government needs to have "another go" at fixing the housing crisis
Renters need more help, declares Tánaiste
However, Budget 2023 will not have all the solutions to fix property situation
# wage hike
Low Pay Commission recommendation for minimum wage increase to go to Cabinet in September
The current national minimum wage stands at €10.50 per hour.
# Living wage
Minimum wage set to be scrapped by 2026 as Government moves to implement living wage
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar announced the draft plan today.
Minimum wage rise leads to less hours in some cases - but workers still benefit overall
Following recommendations from the Low Pay Commission, the Irish minimum wage has increased on a yearly basis from 2016 onwards.
All time
Opinion: Low pay is rampant in Ireland and it's a problem for workers, the economy and society
Ireland has one of the highest levels of low pay in the EU, something we can no longer ignore, writes SIPTU’s Michael Taft.
# budget 2022
Tánaiste hints at minimum wage increase due to rising cost of living
The national minimum wage is €10.20 per hour
# Your Say
Poll: Should the minimum wage for 16- and 17-year-olds be increased?
Young workers have been hardest hit by the pandemic: with 59% of people aged 15-24 unemployed in March.
# Living wage
Low Pay Commission to examine increasing minimum wage by €2.10 per hour
An increase to the ‘living wage’ is in the programme for government.
# labour shocks
Minimum wage workers disproportionately affected by pandemic disruption, says ESRI
With cost of living taken into account, Ireland has just the seventh-highest minimum wage in Europe.
# Minimum Wage
Minimum wage hike did not lead to higher labour costs – ESRI
There was no evidence that firms reduced their number of employees in response to the minimum wage increase.
# 10 cent rise
The minimum wage is going to rise to €10.20 an hour in January
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said 122,000 low-paid workers would benefit from the increase.
# Pay dispute
Taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald clash in Dáil as ICTU withdraws from Low Pay Commission
ICTU was unhappy that members would not recommend an increase of more than 1%.
# low pay
Minimum-wage sectors hard hit by Covid-19 shutdown - ESRI
Retail, accommodation and food sectors employ half of all minimum wage workers in Ireland.
# Living wage
Minimum wage increases to €10.10 an hour from today
It represents a 3% increase, or an extra 30c an hour.
# Fine Gael
Fine Gael accused of 'buying the election' after government advert appears on front page of newspaper
The government has defended the ad.
# week in numbers
How much is the minimum wage set to go up by next year? It's the week in numbers
Plus: The average rent of a house in Ireland.
# Extra pay
Minimum wage to increase to €10.10 per hour from February
The proposed introduction was initially deferred because of uncertainty over Brexit.
# budget 2020
30 cent minimum wage increase deferred due to threat of no-deal Brexit
The increase was set to take the minimum wage past the €10 mark for the first time.
How the 50c minimum wage increase affected wage inequality
Ireland’s minimum hourly wage is more than €2 less than the appropriate living wage recommended in a European Union report.
# Your Say
Poll: Should a living wage be introduced in Ireland?
€11.90 per hour has been recommended as an appropriate living wage.
# Minimum Wage
'For us, this is nonsense': Yellow vest protesters slam Macron's 'crumbs' speech
After three weeks of large scale protests, Macron announced last night that the minimum wage would be increased.
# Low Pay Commission
'Low wage trap': Part-time employees and non-Irish nationals more likely to stay on minimum wage
Those on minimum wage are more likely to transition to higher pay than remain on the minimum wage, a study showed.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the minimum wage be increased by 25% to €11.90 an hour?
The current minimum wage is €2.35 below the living wage?
Living wage: 'Ireland is an outlier in terms of its high levels of low pay'
Other countries seem to manage fine with decent wages, writes Robert Sweeney.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the minimum wage be raised?
A previous increase in the rate did not lead to greater unemployment among minimum wage workers.
# Low Pay Commission
After we increased the minimum wage in 2016, unemployment didn’t go up (contrary to warnings)
It’s been argued that an increase in the minimum wage would lead to more unemployment among minimum wage workers.
# Employment
Zero-hour contracts to be banned in most cases under new law
The new Bill to be published this week aims to tackle the casualisation of work.
# Report
Almost 7% of women earn the minimum wage, compared to less than 3% of men
An ESRI report said this was because women were more likely to work in part-time jobs or smaller firms.
# 30 cent richer
Minimum wage: Taoiseach welcomes recommendation of €9.55 per hour
The ‘living wage’ currently stands at €11.70 an hour.
# Living wage
One in 10 Irish workers are earning the minimum wage or less
A release from the CSO suggests that just over 10% of Irish workers are earning €9.25 an hour or less.
# factcheck
FactCheck: How many workers are on the minimum wage?
FactCheck attempts to referee a post-Budget dispute between a Fine Gael Junior Minister and an AAA-PBP TD.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the government raise the minimum wage by 10 cent?
The Low Pay Commission have recommended raising the minimum wage from €9.15 to €9.25,
Debate Room: Should we increase the minimum wage?
Unite and the Small Firms Association go head to head.
# Work
Why increasing the minimum wage won't lift most households out of poverty
New research has found that most low-paid workers actually live in homes with above-average incomes.
# Your Say
Poll: Should employers pay their workers at least €11.50 an hour?
Ikea is raising its pay for Irish staff to €11.50 an hour – the basic rate considered necessary to fund a decent standard of living.
# surprise
Business owners are not happy about the new minimum wage
The wage increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour last week.
# extra cash
Joan: Increasing minimum wage by €2 is 'horse sense'
Which means good.