The Minimum Wage in Ireland was increased on January 1st 2019. It went up by 25 cent per hour, from €9.55 to €9.80.
These are the Minimum Wage Rates that apply in Ireland from 1st January 2019.
- Experienced adult worker €9.80 per hour
- Over 19 and more than 1 but less than 2 years since began first job €8.82 per hour. (90%)
- Over 18 and less than 1 year since began first job €7.84 per hour. (80%)
- Aged under 18 €6.86 per hour (70%)
(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.)
Government figures show that there are 151,800 employees (i.e. 8.9% of all employees) currently on the minimum wage.
A 19 year old , born in April , gets his first job on June 1st 2019 – he is entitled to €7.84 an hour.
He won’t be entitled to €8.82 an hour until June 1st 2020 – the first anniversary of his first job. (He won’t be entitled to any more on his 20th birthday)
He won’t be entitled to €9.80 an hour until June 1st 2021 – 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.
Any work prior to becoming 18 is not taken into account .
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