Minimum Wage in Ireland


The Minimum Wage in Ireland in 2020  is  €10.10 per hour.


The minimum wage is due to increase to €10.20 per hour from January 1st 2021.

These are the rates that will apply from Jan 2021

  • Aged under 18 :  – €7.14 per hour (70%)

  • Aged 18  : – €8.16 per hour  (80%)

  • Aged 19 :  – €9.18 per hour (90%)
  • Aged 20 or more  :  – €10.20 per hour

Minimum Wage Rates Ireland 2020  (Valid From Feb 1st 2020)

  • Aged under 18 :  – €7.07 per hour (70%)
  • Aged 18  : – €8.08 per hour  (80%)
  • Aged 19 :  – €9.09 per hour (90%)
  • Aged 20 or more  :  – €10.10 per hour

Someone aged 20 or more on the minimum wage working full time (39 hours a week) would take home just €363 a week.

More here about the Minimum Wage in Ireland 2020


These are the Minimum Wage Rates that applied in  Ireland from 4th March 2019 to January 31st 2020

  • Aged under 18 :  – €6.86 per hour (70%)
  • Aged 18  : – €7.84 per hour  (80%)
  • Aged 19 :  – €8.82 per hour (90%)
  • Aged 20 or more  :  – €9.80 per hour

New rules also mean that if a casual/part-time employee is called to work and sent home without receiving the hours expected, the employee is entitled to a minimum payment of three times the national minimum hourly wage.


These are the minimum wage rates that applied from Jan 1st 2019 to March 3rd 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.


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