WORKERS' earnings have risen by €10 a week in recent months but are still less than they were a year ago, new Central Statistics Office figures show.
Workers now earn €30 less weekly than they did five years ago – adding up to a drop in pay of over €1,500 a year since 2009.
The latest CSO figures show average weekly earnings rose from €677 to €687 in the final three months of 2013 compared to the previous quarter – but are still a fiver less than they were at the end of 2012.
And wages are well back on 2009, when average weekly pay amounted to €718.81.
The average worker now gets paid €21.69 per hour, slightly down on the same time last year. The average working week has risen slightly to 31.7 hours.
Public sector wages dropped by almost €14 a week in the period, from €921 to €907.
Health and social work staff saw the biggest pay drop between 2009 and 2013, with weekly earnings falling by over €100 a week to €684.
Gardai were the best-paid public servants with average weekly earnings of €1,132, though their 40-hour working week was also the longest.
Private sector workers, meanwhile, saw a marginal pay increase to €622.57 on average, nearly €300 less than those in state jobs.