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Government announces increase to minimum wage

Government announces increase to minimum wage

Following a report by the Low Pay Commission the Government has today announced an increase to the minimum wage.

The increase, announced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this afternoon, is 30c, bringing the hourly minimum wage up to €9.55.

For someone working a 39-hour week, that adds up to a weekly increase of €12.

It has been reported that more than 120,000 workers will benefit from the increase.

Last year the rate was increased by 10c, from €9.15 to €9.25 but it was heavily criticised as being inadequate.

This year's increase is just over three per cent and will kick in in January 2018.