National Minimum Wage Increase 2018

From 1st January 2018, The Minimum Wage in Ireland is set to increase to €9.55 an hour. This is a 30cent increase from the previous National Minimum Wage, which was €9.25.


The national minimum wage is governed by the National Minimum Wage Act, 2000. The minimum wage applies to all workers except certain apprentices and close relatives such as a spouse, parent, child or sibling. An employer is legally obliged to pay at least the national minimum wage to all experienced adult workers.


The National Minimum Wage Rates based on the new increased rate from January 2018 are set out in the table below:


Experienced Adult Worker 100% €9.55
Under the age of 18 70% €6.69
Over 18 – First year of Employment 80% €7.64
Over 18 – Second Year of Employment 90% €8.60
Trainee – First 1/3 of Training Course 75% €7.16
Trainee – Second 1/3 of Training Course 80% €7.64
Trainee – Third 1/3 of Training Course 90% €8.60


If you require any additional information regarding national minimum wage please contact the advice line on 01 886 0350

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