Minimum Wage in Ireland 2019

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.

For example:

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

See Minimum Wage Rates for  2018 Here

13 thoughts on “Minimum Wage in Ireland 2019

  1. Im 48 was employed in uk till last August but now working in Ireland approx 3 months. But in a different area. Office work. Not health care like b4 in uk . My hourly rate fir next two yrs been told 8.82 p/h as not experienced and 1st job in ireland since 2008. Worked in Ireland prior to that.

    Am i entitled to 9.55 or more he says not if i dont like it i can leave. Also not entitled to overtime. What are my rights?

    • In our opinion you should be getting the top rate of the min wage if you worked in Ireland for at least 2 yeasr before (and can proove it) . But you should really get in touch with the Workplace Relations Commission, O’Brien Road, Carlow. Tel – (059) 917 8990
      Let us know what they say.


  2. Hi I’m 19 I’m working in in petrol station since 28 December 2018 I was getting paid 7.64 per hour for first year and this year they are paying me 7.84 per hour is that the right wage or I’m entitled to he 8.82 per hour

    • €7.84 is correct if it is your first job. You won’t be entitled to the next level of €8.82 until the first anniversary of starting your first job. (28/12/19)

  3. Hi,

    I am 32 years of age and I am in Ireland for the purpose of studying. I recently got a part time job and my employer says the pay would be €7.00 per hour. I do have working experience back home which I have stated in my CV. Is is right that they are paying me only that much, if so could you advice me on what I can do?

    Thank you for your guidance!

    • The legal minimum wage for someone over 18 in their first year of work in Ireland is €7.84 an hour.

  4. Hi ,
    Im employed in hotel and im 40 years and still i have 9.55.I dont get minimum wage 9.80.

    • That is last year’s minimum wage. Your rate should have gone up to €9.80on Jan 1st 2019.

  5. I am over 20 working in employment 4 years started on €9p/h now on 10p/h should I be entitled to more

    • Legally – the least you can get is €9.80 an hour . So your employer is not breaking any rules.

  6. Hi
    I’m 17. I started working in July 2018. In July 2019 I will turn 18 and I will have been working for a year. What should my wage be at this stage (I’m earning €6/hour now)

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