Low Pay Commission

The Low Pay Commission makes recommendations to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment designed to set a minimum wage that is fair and sustainable.

When appropriate the minimum wage can be adjusted to assist as many low-paid workers as possible without harming overall employment or competitiveness.

The national minimum hourly rate will become €10.20 on 1 January 2021.

Category of Employee Hourly Rate
Experienced Adult Worker €10.20
Under 18 €7.14
Aged 18 €8.16
Aged 19 €9.18

Since 4 March 2019 trainee rates are abolished.

For the purposes of the National Minimum Wage your gross wage includes, for example, the basic salary and any shift premium, bonus or service charge.

If you receive board or lodgings, that is food or accommodation from your employer, the maximum amounts that can be included are:

  • for meals only €0.91, per hour worked
  • €24.10 for accommodation only per week or €3.45 per day

from 1 January 2021.

Note for Employers:

In order to ensure that the increase in the minimum wage does not result in employers attracting a higher level of PRSI charge solely due to this increase, the employer PRSI threshold will increase from €395 currently to €398 from 1 January 2021.