Ireland – Minimum Salary Increases
Effective 1 January 2016, the statutory minimum wage in Ireland increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour, which equates to a new annual minimum salary of €18,556 per year (based on a 39 hour working week).
Who is affected?This increase in the Irish minimum wage impacts the following categories of employment permit applicants current holders:
- Dependent/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit
- Exchange/Internship/Reactivation/Sport and Cultural Employment Permits
- Intra Company Transfer (ICT) and Contract for Services Employment Permits
What pay increases may be required for existing Employment Permit holders?
- Existing Employment Permit holders with hourly pay rates on or below the previous minimum requirement must receive a pay increase from 1 January 2016.
- ICT Employment Permit holders with a base annual salary (before allowances) below €18,556 must receive an increase to their base annual salary to bring them it to the new minimum salary no later than 1 January 2016.
- Ensure the salaries of all foreign national employees in Ireland meet the new annual minimum salary.
- If necessary, increase the base salaries of existing Employment Pass holders to at least meet the new minimum salary.