Update – See the latest figures on the 2019 Minimum Wage in Ireland here
The Minimum Wage rate in Ireland for 2018 was €9.55 an hour – but there were lower rates for younger and less experienced workers.
These are the hourly minimum rates of pay that were in force in Ireland from January 1st 2018 until Dec 31st 2018.
- Experienced adult worker €9.55 per hour
- Over 18 and less than 2 years since first job €8.60
- Over 18 and less than 1 years since began first job €7.64
- Aged under 18 €6.69
(An experienced adult worker – for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Act – is an employee who has an employment of any kind in any 2 years over the age of 18.)
For example: A 19 year old gets his first job on June 1st 2018 – he is entitled to €7.64 an hour. He won’t be entitled to €8.60 an hour until June 1st 2019 – the first anniversary of his first job. He won’t be entitled to €9.55 an hour until June 1st 2020 – the second anniversary of his first job. It doesn’t matter how long he worked in each job or if there were gaps in employment.
Minimum Wage for Trainees:
(Employee aged over 18, in structured training during working hours)
1st one third of course €7.16
2nd third of course €7.64
3rd part of course €8.60
According to the Central Statistics Office, around 73,000 workers – or 4.7% of the Irish workforce – were being paid the adult minimum wage in June 2014.
See some more Irish Take Home Pay calculations
If you think your employer is not paying you the minimum wage you can contact the Workplace Relations Commission, O’Brien Road, Carlow.
Tel – (059) 917 8990
Top Tip: If possible try and get a job of some sort as soon as you are 18 – even if it is only for a week or two. That way – two years later you will be classed as “an experienced adult” and you will be eligible for the higher rate of the minimum wage (€9.55 an hour)
Living Wage – there is a campaign for employers to adopt a “Living Wage” in Ireland – you can read more about the Living Wage here