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Ireland – Employers Must Abide by Increase in Minimum Wage

Ireland – Employers Must Abide by Increase in Minimum

This GMS Flash Alert reports that the statutory minimum wage in Ireland has been raised from €8.65 per hour to €9.15 per hour, which has implications for employers in Ireland with employees coming to Ireland or working in Ireland with employment permits.


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Ireland’s statutory minimum wage has been raised from €8.65 per hour to €9.15 per hour.  This increase is effective from 1 January 2016. 


Global mobility advisers, immigration counsel, and globally mobile employees coming to Ireland need to be aware of the changes.  Minimum salary requirements have changed which need to be reflected in employees’ salary and pay slips. 

What Does This Development Mean?

The Employment Permits Regulations 2014 have been amended by the Employment Permits (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2015 to reflect the increase, under Ireland’s National Minimum Wage Order 2015, of the statutory minimum wage from €8.65 per hour to €9.15 per hour.

In order to be eligible to make an employment permit application when employers bring foreign workers into Ireland, the base salary, as the first component of the remuneration package, must achieve a minimum of these revised statutory rates as applicable. 

These revised rates will also apply to employment permits already in force.  As such, employers are required to increase the minimum base salary for employees from €8.65 per hour to €9.15 per hour where applicable. 

Failure to apply the revised statutory minimum wage requirements may lead to a prosecution against an employer and a refusal by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the case of an employment permit renewal. 


For additional information or assistance, please contact your local GMS or People Services professional* or one of the following immigration professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Ireland:


Aoife Newton

tel +353 1 700 4285



Duncan Watson

tel. +353 1 410 2391



Nicola Booth

tel, +353 1 410 1355



*  Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide immigration services. 

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Ireland.

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