Saturday 21 April 2018

Irish in-work poverty among the lowest in the EU - Eurostat

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ireland had some of the lowest levels of in-work poverty in the European Union in 2016.

Fewer than 5pc of employed persons were at risk of poverty in Ireland in 2016, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

According to Dan O’Brien, chief economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs and columnist with the Irish Independent, "Taxes on the lower paid in Ireland are much lower than in most other countries."

"Taking lots of people out of the tax net entirely has its downsides, but the big upside is that it helps reduce in-work poverty."

Finland (3.1pc), the Czech Republic (3.8pc), and Belgium (4.7pc) were among the other European Union countries that had the lowest levels of employed persons at risk of poverty in the European Union in 2016.

At the other end of the scale, the rate of employed persons at risk of poverty in 2016 was highest in Romania (18.9pc), followed at a distance by Greece (14.1pc), Spain (13.1pc), Luxembourg (12.pc), and Italy (11.7pc).

Compared with 2010, the share of employed persons at risk of poverty has risen in a majority of Member States. The highest increases were recorded in Hungary, which rose to 9.6pc in 2016, from 5.3pc in 2010.

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