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Factsheet for measure IE-2023-1/2891 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 January 2023|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Responses to inflation
– Increasing income in general
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||14 September 2022 (updated 18 September 2022)|
In July 2022 the Low Pay Commission published its recommendation for an increase in the minimum wage. It took the following issues into account in its deliberations:
The Low Pay Commission recommended that the rate of the National Minimum Wage for an adult worker be increased to €11.30 per hour. The recommendation was supported by seven of the nine members of the Commission. The recommendation was not supported by two of the employee representative members of the Commission.
In September 2022, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar announced that the Government had accepted the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission to increase the National Minimum Wage to €11.30 per hour from 1 January 2023.
The Tánaiste said: “We want to reward work and ensure that work pays more. Minimum wage workers are among the hardest working people in Ireland and deserve to be paid more, particularly at a time or rising prices.”
“I hope that this increase, along with the other measures that will be announced as part of Budget 2023, will help to protect the lowest paid workers from the rising cost of living. Our objective is to put more money in people’s pockets and reduce the cost of living.”
According to the Government, an estimated 164,700 workers will benefit from the increase in the Minimum Wage.
Other groups of workers
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The social partners have representatives on the Low Pay Commission. There are 3 employee representatives and three employer representatives.
The employer representatives had supported the Low Pay Commission recommendation to increase the minimum wage to €11.30 per hour. Two of the employee representative members of the Commission did not support the recommendation. They submitted a minority report stating that due to the real pay cuts in 2021 and 2022, the LPC recommendation is not enough to protect NMW employee living. They also asserted that the LPC recommendation will make it more difficult to reach the 60 percent target of the median wage by 2026. They had proposed:
Following the Government's announcement, the Small Firms Association called for the current wage rate to be maintained and for the Government’s plan to phase in a new living wage to replace the minimum wage to be postponed. Sven Spollen-Behrens, director of the Small Firms Association, said “costs for small business owners are at a never-seen-before high. It is disappointing that government are now adding to these by imposing a further increase in the national minimum wage.”
Eurofound (2022), Minimum wage to be increased by 80c from January 2023, measure IE-2023-1/2891 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2023-1_2891.html
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