Minimum Wage In Ireland 2018

The Minimum Wage in Ireland was increased on January 1st 2018.

The current minimum wage in Ireland for 2018  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 increasde 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 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.)

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.

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


In the UK – the Minimum wage is increasing on April 1st 2018.

In the UK – workers aged 25 and over get the National Living Wage which will be £7.83 per hour from April 2018 (Increase from £7.50).

People aged 21 to 24 will get £7.38 ,  those aged 18-20 will get £5.90 per hour


 

17 thoughts on “Minimum Wage In Ireland 2018

  1. Hi, we arę working in the pub kitchen part time and emploer want that we pay PRSI tax. Is it legal?

  2. Hello
    I would Like to ask What about minimum wage for cleaners and security sectors? Is that changing too?

  3. I’m 19 years old. I first started working when I was 16 years old. Worked for 3 months and was let go for the summer. I was on €6.06 at the time. I’ve since gotten another job with the same company for the past 5 months. I’m currently on €7.64. Should I not be entitled to €8.60 because it’s been 3 years since my first job?

    • As it says – “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. The job before you were 18 doesn’t count towards the 2 years.

  4. My wife is working as a shop assistant for the same employer for 15 years without a pay rise only government rises etc he has taken on new employees and started them at the same rate she’s on €10.50 works 19 hours a week any advice thanks

    • There is no legal requirement other than the minimum wage. She could try asking for a rise ?

  5. I’m 19, born in 98 and have been working part time since 2014 what wage am I entitled to ?

  6. Hi. I’m working in retail and my boss pay only 9.50. If is minimum wage 9.55 should I ask for 9.55?

  7. Hi, I work in a doctors surgery, I have been working for 2 years and am currently on minimum wage, however my employer still has my wages at €9.25. I am just wondering whether I am entitled to claiming it back or anything? I have also asked for a pay rise but it hasnt gone up yet.

    • If you have had an employment of any kind in any 2 years since becoming 18 – then you should be getting €9.55 per hour.
      If you are less than 2 years since starting your first job in Ireland- then you are only entitled to €8.60 per hour.

      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

  8. Some employers call a job an internship. Then they offer zero wages.White collar crime?

  9. Hi I m working in restaurant as a head chef since 4 years, from Wednesday until Sunday, daily 13 hours shift so 65 hours per week , my weekly wage 450 from this I m paying tax and prsi,so left 397 per week, just wondering it is legal??

    • €450 for 65 hours works out at €6.92 per hour . This is a lot lower than the minimum wage.
      Also – working over 48 hours a week is against the regulations.

      You should try asking (or telling) your employer to pay yo ay least €9.55 an hour –

      Citizens Advice might help you – http://centres.citizensinformation.ie/

      Contact Workplace Relations for advice …
      Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
      O’Brien Road, Carlow.
      Telephone: (059) 917 8990
      Lo-Call 1890 80 80 90
      Fax: (059) 917 8909
      Website: http://www.workplacerelations.ie

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