Minimum Wage in Ireland

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The Minimum Wage rates in Ireland  were increased in January 2018.    The current headline minimum wage rate for 2018  is €9.55 an hour – but there are lower rates for younger and less experienced workers.

 These are the  hourly minimum rates of pay that are in force in Ireland since 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.

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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