Minimum Wage in Ireland 2017

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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

4 thoughts on “Minimum Wage in Ireland 2017

  1. Ive been working since august 2014 i was 17 im now 19 (will turn 20 in December) im only on 8.24 an hour. Am i considered an ‘experienced adult worker’ now because ive been working 2 years since august 2016 or when i turn 20 ?

  2. what if your working for 10 years what wages should i get and i have my qualification under catering age 30

    • As long as the hourly rate is at least the minimum wage the employer can pay whatever the employee is willing to accept You should be on at least €9.15 per hour – but hopefully more if you have 10 years experience.

  3. Is commission considered part of the wage for the purposes of minimum wage if it is pooled? I always get above minimum wage with basic pay and commission added, but my basic pay is less than minimum wage.

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