Government Review of Minimum Wages set by Employment Regulation Orders

Issued: February 2011


This submission shall focus on the household types covered by our research which are primarily dependent on the minimum wage. Following from prior findings demonstrating the inadequacy of the previous €8.65 National Minimum Wage (NMW), the findings here demonstrate that within the context of current tax and welfare provisions the newly reduced minimum wage rate of €7.65 is wholly inadequate. For the purpose of this submission the focus is on two key household types, which consistently demonstrate the deficiency of the €7.65 rate.