Minimum Wage In Ireland 2018

The minimum wage in Ireland in 2018  was €9.55 an hour.

The minimum wage was increased in 2019 to to €9.80 an hour  – more details here of Minimum Wage in 2019


The Minimum Wage in Ireland was increased on January 1st 2018 to  €9.55 per hour.

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 applied in  Ireland from January 2018 until Dec 31st 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.

If you think your employer is not paying you the correct minimum wage you can contact the Workplace Relations Commission, O’Brien Road, Carlow.
Tel – (059) 917 8990

See Minimum Wage Rates 2019

See the Minimum Wage Rates for 2017 here