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Minimum wage in Ireland

Generally, the amount of pay you receive for working in Ireland is a matter for agreement between you and your employer.  These negotiations normally occur when you receive an offer of a job.  However under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 most employees are entitled to a minimum wage.  There are sub-minimum rates for some people such as those aged under 18.

Please visit the Citizens Information website for current Minimum Wage Rates

Exceptions to those entitled to receive the National minimum wage

There are some exceptions to those entitled to receive the national minimum wage. The legislation does not apply to a person employed by a close relative (for example, a spouse or parent) nor does it apply to those in statutory apprenticeships. Also some employees such as young people under 18 and trainees are only guaranteed a reduced or sub-minimum rate of the national minimum wage.

Exemption for employers

If an employer cannot afford to pay the national minimum wage due to financial difficulty the Labour Court may exempt an employer from paying the minimum wage rate for between 3 months and 1 year.

The employer must apply to the Labour Court for the exemption with the consent of a majority of the employees, who must also agree to be bound by the Labour Court decision.

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