National Minimum Wage

What is the minimum wage for the current year?

For 2017, the national minimum wage per week of whole-time employees is:


Age 18 years and over   €169.76*

Age 17 years                 €162.98

Age 16 years                 €160.14

Other Sectoral Minimum Wages determined from the economic activity of the enterprise as stipulated in the applicable WRO may apply. Every employee is entitled to the statutory bonus and weekly allowance.

*National Agreement on the Minimum Wage signed by the Social Partners on the 28th of April 2017 and effective by means of Legal Notice 144 of 2017.

1. Employees on a minimum wage will, upon completion of the first year of employment with the same employer, be entitled to mandatory increases (over and above COLA adjustments for 2017, 2018 and 2019) of €3 per week in the second year of employment, and upon completion of the second year, to an additional €3 per week.  

2. Employees earning more than the basic minimum wage will still be entitled to the portion of the increases mentioned in Point 1 during the second and third year of employment.  This will place such employees on the minimum established wage for the second and third year of employment.

3. For existing employees on the minimum wage who have been with the same employer for more than a year, as on the date of signing of this agreement, this measure will be introduced as follows:


    With effect from 1st January 2017: up to a maximum of €3 per week adjustment as per Point 2 above.

     In 2018: up to a maximum of €3 per week adjustment as per Point 2 above.

     In 2019: the balance to reach an increase of €6 in the minimum wage provided that the employee will have been in employment with the same employer for three years or more.

4. Employees on the minimum wage who are transferred or offered new employment with another company within the same group of companies will carry their accumulated years of service for the purposes of the increases stipulated in this agreement.

5. Low wage earners who are affected by the increase in wages stipulated in Point 1 and 2, and who are engaged on a definite term contract, shall not on its expiry be replaced by another person for up to a period of one year unless for good and sufficient cause.  If, within six months of expiry of the first contract, the employee is offered another definite term contract, the two periods shall be considered as one continuous period, both in terms of law, and for the purpose of this agreement.


Scenario 1

 

Employment engagement date

06.12.2014

 

2017 Minimum Wage

€169.76

 

2017 Wage received by employee

€169.76

 

 

Revised wages as per new agreement

 

2017

€169.76

€3

€172.76

as from 01.01.2017

 

2018

€172.76

€3

€175.76

as from 01.01.2018

 

2019

€175.76

€0

€175.76

 

 

 

Scenario 2

 

 

Employment engagement date

06.12.2014

 

2017 Minimum Wage

€169.76

 

2017 Wage received by employee

€170.76

 

 

Revised wages as per new agreement

 

2017

€170.76

€2

€172.76

as from 01.01.2017

 

2018

€172.76

€3

€175.76

as from 01.01.2018

 

2019

€175.76

€0

€175.76

 

 

 

Scenario 3

 

 

Employment engagement date

01.03.2016

 

2017 Minimum Wage

€169.76

 

2017 Wage received by employee

€169.76

 

 

Revised wages as per new agreement

 

2017

€169.76

€2.54

€172.30

as from 01.01.2017

 

2018

€172.30

€2.54

€174.84

as from 01.01.2018, payable after 01.03.2018

 

2019

€174.84

€0.92

€175.76

as from 01.01.2019, payable after 01.03.2019

 

 

 

Scenario 4

 

 

Employment engagement date

01.03.2016

 

2017 Minimum Wage

€169.76

 

2017 Wage received by employee

€170.76

 

 

Revised wages as per new agreement

 

2017

€170.76

€1.69

€172.45

as from 01.01.2017

 

2018

€172.45

€2.54

€174.99

as from 01.01.2018, payable after 01.03.2018

 

2019

€174.99

€0.77

€175.76

as from 01.01.2019, payable after 01.03.2019

 

 

 

Scenario 5

 

 

Employment engagement date

01.05.2016

 

2017 Minimum Wage

€169.76

 

2017 Wage received by employee

€169.76

 

 

Revised wages as per new agreement

 

2017

€169.76

€3

€172.76

as from 01.05.2017

 

2018

€172.76

€3

€175.76

as from 01.05.2018

 

2019

€175.76

€0

€175.76

 

 

 

Scenario 6

 

 

Employment engagement date

01.05.2016

 

2017 Minimum Wage

€169.76

 

2017 Wage received by employee

€170.76

 

 

Revised wages as per new agreement

 

2017

€170.76

€2

€172.76

as from 01.05.2017

 

2018

€172.76

€3

€175.76

as from 01.05.2018

 

2019

€175.76

€0

€175.76

 

 

 

Part-Time Employees

The national minimum wage of part-time employees shall be calculated pro rata at the same hourly rate of a comparable whole-time employee in accordance with the relevant Wage Regulation Order (WRO). In cases where a WRO is not applicable, the pro rata is calculated using the weekly National Minimum Wage applicable for a comparable whole-time employee, divided by forty.

Where a WRO applies:

Weekly Minimum Wage of a comparable whole-time employee as per applicable WRO /
Weekly hours of work of a comparable whole-time employee as per applicable WRO


​Where a WRO does NOT apply:

Weekly National Minimum Wage applicable to a comparable whole-time employee / 40

*Part-time employees are also entitled to the mandatory increase in the national minimum wage agreed between the Social Partners on the 28th of April 2017 on a pro rata basis and in the same methodology explained above.   

 

 

Sectoral Minimum Wages

 

The relevant minimum wage may be determined from the economic activity of the enterprise as stipulated in the applicable WRO. The DIER published a Resource Pack containing information on the applicable sectoral minimum wages and other entitlements. You can download your online copy of the Resource Pack by clicking HERE​.


The information provided is intended for general information only, if you require further details under which sector your organisation is classified kindly contact the Department of Industrial and Employment Relations.