We're working longer hours and being paid less - CSO report
We are working longer and earning less, according to the latest data on wages from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Average earning fell to €688.15 a week between the end of March and the end of June this year, down from €695.53 a year earlier, according to preliminary data from the CSO. That works out at €21.63 an hour.
The length of the average working week increased however, to 31.8 hours a week in the same period. That’s up slightly on the previous year.
Revised weekly earnings for the first three months of 2014 showed that average weekly earnings fell slightly to €692.43.
Average weekly earnings in the private sector decrease slightly to €622.00 in the year to the end of June, compared with a bigger 1pc decline in the public sector to €918.86.