In 2018, the minimum wage, for an experienced adult worker in Ireland, stands at €9.55 an hour.

On January 1, 2019, the minimum wage for an experienced adult worker will increase to €9.80 an hour. 

It is estimated that about 10% of the Irish workforce are on the minimum wage (approx. 150,000 workers).

Different rates for different ages and stages

There are different minimum wages for people of different ages and work experience.

For example:

  • If a person is aged under-18, their minimum wage stands at €6.69 an hour. This will rise to €6.86 from January 1, 2019.
  • If a person is over 18 but has less than one year of work experience their minimum wage is €7.64 an hour, rising to €7.84 in 2019.
  • If a person is over 19 and has less than two years of work experience then their minimum wage stands at €8.60 per hour, rising to €8.82 in 2019.

Make sure

As an employer you must make sure you are paying the minimum wage. If you have any question, as an employer or an employee, you can call the Workplace Relations Commission in Carlow on (059) 917 8990.

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