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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: National Minimum Wage




Did you just get your first job or have you recently returned to the workforce? You may also have recently arrived in Ireland and not know what to expect with regard to rates of payment.

Sometimes people can be slow to question employers about payment rates especially younger people and students, who in the current climate are experiencing more and more difficulty in finding summer jobs and part-time work.

When you start a job the amount you will be paid is generally agreed between you and your employer says Declan Canty, Information Officer with South Munster CIS who is based in Kerry.

“So it is important to be aware that most employees are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Your wages are the amount of pay you receive before any money has been deducted from it such as Tax, PRSI, USC etc.”

What is the Minimum Wage?

Since the 1st of January 2022 the National Minimum wage is €10.50 per hour. This is the rate which should be paid to most employees over the age of 20 years. For younger age groups there are what are called sub-minimum rates, calculated as a percentage of the full rate. Those aged 19 years receive 90% or €9.45 per hour. For an 18-year-old this reduces to 80% or €8.40 per hour, and those aged under 18 receive 70% of the minimum rate which works out at €7.35 per hour. It is important to remember the Minimum Wage does not prevent your employer from paying you a higher rate. A minimum wage exists in Ireland since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 when it was just €5.58 per hour. Over the years it has been adjusted on 10 occasions and it applies to full-time, part-time, temporary and casual workers as well as seasonal employees.

How do I know if I am getting the Minimum Wage?

The method for calculation is to divide your Gross Pay by the total number of hours you have worked. Your working hours will be set out in your contract of employment or a Statement of the Terms of your employment. When doing this calculation you should not include any premium for working overtime or for working on Saturdays or Sundays and Public Holidays. Declan advises that if you have any difficulty with this you can ask your employer for a written statement of your average rate of pay for any pay reference period within the last 12 months. The pay reference period is the time that the hours are worked over such as weekly fortnightly or monthly.

What should I do if I am not getting the Minimum Wage?

You can begin by discussing this with your employer. It is important to note however that there are different rates for certain sectors such as Cleaning and Security. Other workers not entitled to the Minimum Wage include those employed by close relatives such as a parent or a spouse, along with statutory apprenticeships. If your employer says that they cannot afford to pay you the Minimum Wage due to financial difficulty the Labour Court may exempt them from paying it for anything from three months to one year. The employer must apply to the Labour Court for the exemption and they must have the consent of the majority of their employees. Only one exemption can be allowed and it will only be granted for the full rate of the National Minimum Wage.

As you may find it difficult to raise this issue with your employer Declan Canty from SMCIS said that it is important to be aware that you cannot be victimised in any way by asking to be paid the National Minimum Wages which you are entitled to. If you are dismissed for asking your employer for the Minimum Wage you are entitled to make a claim for unfair dismissal regardless of the length of time you have worked for your employer or the number of hours you have worked.

How to make a complaint:

If you are not getting the Minimum Wage you should first speak to your employer to see if the issue can be resolved. If you are unable to reach an agreement with your employer your next option available is to complete the online complaint form on the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) website. This form will give you two options from which you are only permitted to select one.

1. You can request an investigation by an inspector from the Workplace Relations Commission. The inspector will look into your claim that the National Minimum Wage is not being paid, or

2. You can refer a dispute to a WRC adjudicator. You can only do this after asking your employer for a statement outlining the calculation of the average hourly pay and you must refer the dispute within six months of receiving the statement.

If you need further information about any of the issues raised here or you have other questions, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. They will be happy to assist you and if necessary arrange an appointment for you.

Kerry HELPLINE 0818 07 7860

Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Alternatively you can email on or log on to

The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.



Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]




The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.


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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]




The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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