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The history of the minimum wage in Ireland

Published: 9 January 2020
From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage under the National Minimum Wage Act, 2000, the rate has been adjusted on 10 occasions.

Details of these adjustments in percentage and monetary terms can be seen below:

    Date Minimum Wage Increase in NMW € %
    1st April 2000 €5.58 (£4.40) n/a -
    1st July 2001 €6.00 (£4.70) 0.42 7.5%
    1st October 2002 €6.35 (£5.00) 0.35 5.8%
    1st February 2004 €7.00 0.65 10.2%
    1st May2005 €7.65 0.65 9.3%
    1st January 2007 €8.30 0.65 8.5%
    1st July2007 €8.65 0.35 4.2%
    19th January 2011 €7.65 - 1.00 - 11.6%
    1stJuly 2011 €8.65 1.00 13.1%
    1st January 2016 €9.15 0.50 5.8%
    1st January 2017 €9.25 0.10 1.1%
    1st January 2018 €9.55 0.30 3.2%
    1st January 2019 €9.80 0.25 2.6%

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