Minimum Wage Ireland 2017
The Minimum Wage in Ireland increased to €9.25 an hour on 1st January 2017. The previous minimum wage rate in 2016 was €9.15 an hour (Details of 2016 Min Wage Here). The minimum wage is due to be increased again from January 2018 – read more about the proposed 2018 Minimum Wage here
These are the hourly minimum rates of pay that currently apply in Ireland since January 1st 2017
- Experienced adult worker €9.25 per hour
- Over 19 and less than 2 years since first job €8.33 per hour.
- Over 18 and less than 1 years since began first job €7.40 per hour.
- Aged under 18 €6.48 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 2017 – he is entitled to €7.40 an hour. He won’t be entitled to €8.33 an hour until June 1st 2018 – the first anniversary of his first job. He won’t be entitled to €9.25 an hour until June 1st 2019 – 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 €6.94
- 2nd third of course €7.40
- 3rd part of course €8.33
For someone working 39 hours a week on the minimum wage – their take home pay in 2017 will be €344 a week. This is a €4 per week increase compared to 2016 .
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.
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 (€9.25 an hour