Consequences for an employer of an increase in the naional minimum wage

For an employee working on minimum wage on a 40 hour week the consequences for an employer:


  • Paying out an extra €12 per week in wages
  • Increased employers PRSI payment of €9.61.

Total extra cost per week: €21.61.

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The reason for the substantial increase is that the rate of employers PRSI jumps from 8.5% to 10.75% on earnings over €376.

For an employee working a 40 hour week at the increase hourly rate of €9.55 this threshold will be reached and result in the additional cost to an employer of  €9.61 per week on top of the €12 wage increase.

The figures in the Commission on Low Pay Recommendations for the National Minimum Wage 2017  demonstrate that for an employee working 39 hours the employers PRSI will be €31.66, rising to €41.06 for an emploee working 40 hours and €43.12 for an employee working 42 hours.

These increased costs for an employer will need to budgeted for if the recommendation to increase the national minimum wage to €9.55 per hour is accepted and implemented in January 2018.

Employers will need to start planning now.

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