Expert advice on the Minimum Wage

By: Mick O'Toole

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If you’re confused about the minimum wage rules and how they affect your business then our advisors are here to help. We provide –

  • Effective and up to date help with Irish minimum wage legislation
  • Expert advice on all your staff pay issues


Here to help you make sense of the minimum wage

The Government recently announced an increase in the minimum wage from €9.15 per hour to €9.55 per hour (from January 1st, 2018). It has also given support for further increases over the next five years.

At Employers Direct we know that an increase in the minimum wage can create HR issues for your business. For example, employees often request an increase in their wage on the basis that they are now earning in or around the minimum wage whereas previously they had been earning above the old minimum rate. Whilst the National Minimum Wage Act specifically states that employees are not entitled to a pay increase in such circumstances, it doesn’t stop the matter becoming a grievance or industrial relations issue.

Alternatively, employers may need to seek pay cuts from those earning above any new minimum wage level, reduce employee hours, increase prices, consider redundancies, etc. Whatever the issue our advisors are on hand to provide professional employment law and HR support for your business.

With the increase in the minimum wage, as an employer, you may also wish to tighten up your performance management processes to ensure that you are getting the most from your employees and accordingly are getting the most bang for your buck. In this case, we can help you ensure that you have contracts of employment in a place that work for you.

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Getting employee pay right for your business

With ever-changing legislation, it’s hard to keep up on the right way to calculate pay for your workforce. That’s why more and more companies rely on Employers Direct. We’ve more than 35 years’ experience when it comes to looking after companies just like yours throughout Ireland. You can trust our fully qualified advisors for practical guidance that always takes into account the very latest rules and regulations.

For free advice on the minimum wage, call Employers Direct now on 1890 130 024