Friday 24 March 2017

Minimum wage cut to be reversed by July

Fiach Kelly and Siobhan Creaton

THE minimum wage is to be restored just months after it was cut by a €1 as part of the last Government's four-year plan.

But there is still no date for when agreements on employees' terms and conditions -- such as overtime pay and Sunday hours -- will be changed.

The national minimum wage will be restored to €8.65 on July 1, seven months after it was cut.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton confirmed the change in the minimum wage, which has long been flagged, but Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton could not give a date for when sectoral wage agreements will be changed.

The changes, which will result in pay decreases for some workers in overtime rates and for working anti-social hours, were viewed as a balancing measure for reversing the €1 minimum wage cut.

The Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme will remain in place until the end of the year. It exempts employers from having to pay their share of PRSI for certain employees for 12 months for jobs created this year.

Irish Independent

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