The Minimum Wage in Ireland was increased on January 1st 2018.
The current minimum wage in Ireland is €9.55 an hour.
(It was €9.25 in 2017)
The Low Pay Commission recommended that the National Minimum Wage for an experienced adult worker should be increased to €9.55 per hour. (The increase was only supported by six of the nine Commission members.)
This change to the minimum wage worked out as an increase of 3.2% on the old rate of €9.25 per hour.
The minimum wage for an experienced adult worker has increased overall by 10.5% since 2015 – when the minimum wage was €8.65 per hour.
It is estimated that about 10% of employees in Ireland are on the minimum wage (about 155,000 people)
These are the Minimum Wage Rates that apply in Ireland from January 2018
- Experienced adult worker €9.55 per hour
- Over 19 and less than 2 years since first job €8.60 per hour.
- Over 18 and less than 1 years since began first job €7.64 per hour.
- Aged under 18 €6.69 per hour
(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.)
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.
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
See the Minimum Wage Rates for 2017 here
UK – Minimum wage
In the UK – workers aged 25 and over get the National Living Wage which is £7.83 per hour from April 2018 (Increased from £7.50).
People aged 21 to 24 get £7.38 per hour , those aged 18-20 get £5.90 per hour