Minimum Wage in Ireland 2019

The Minimum Wage in Ireland will be increased from January 1st 2019. It will rise by 25 cent per hour, from €9.55 to €9.80.

These are the Minimum Wage Rates that will apply in  Ireland from January 2019.

  • Experienced adult worker €9.80 per hour
  • Over 19 and less than 2 years since gegan first job  €8.82 per hour. (90%)
  • Over 18 and less than 1 years 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 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 €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.

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

2 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.

      Thanks

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