Local TD and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald has today announced that the Low Pay Commission is recommending an increase to the minimum wage of 30 cents, bringing it to €9.55 per hour.
In its report to the Minister Fitzgerald, the Low Pay Commission sets out the range of data it has considered in recommending the increase, including risks to the economy and international comparative research. The Commission also sought submissions from interested parties and consulted directly with workers and employers in relevant economic sectors.
Speaking after Cabinet discussed the matter today; Fitzgerald said “I warmly welcome the recommendation to increase the National Minimum Wage by 30c. Increasing the minimum wage is just one tool in a wider Government programme to help the lower paid and incentivise people into work. New childcare subsidies are coming on stream in September and I am progressing a set of new proposals to address zero hour contracts, low hour contracts, banded hours and related matters to help combat the issues of so-called precarious employment in a balanced way.