Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (73)

Peter Burke

Question:

73. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Taoiseach the estimated number of persons that will benefit from the increase in the national minimum wage from 2019, by county in tabular form. [51815/18]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.

The CSO is not in a position to comment on how many people will benefit from the increase in the National Minimum Wage in 2019. However, data is available from the Labour Force Survey on the number of employees aged 15 years and over earning the National Minimum Wage or less.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of estimates of employment (ILO) in the State. This survey replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) from Q3 2017.

As the LFS is a sample survey and due to sample size limitations, it is not possible to produce reliable estimates of the number of employees aged 15 years and over earning the National Minimum Wage or less at county level. They are, however, available for the 8 regional authorities or NUTS 3 regions.

The table below shows for the first three quarters of 2018, the average number of employees aged 15 years and over earning the National Minimum Wage or less by NUTS 3 Regions.

Average (Q1 2018 - Q3 2018) number of employees earning at or below the National Minimum Wage by NUTS 3 Regions

Detailed National Minimum Wage earnings status

NUTS3 regions

2018 (average)

'000

Employees reporting earning less than National Minimum Wage

Border

3.2

Dublin

5.3

Mid-East

4.0

Mid-West

2.8

Midlands

*

South West

5.2

South-East

3.3

West

[1.9]

Total

27.0

Employees reporting earning National Minimum Wage

Border

13.0

Dublin

29.9

Mid-East

17.1

Mid-West

13.2

Midlands

8.8

South West

19.6

South-East

12.9

West

14.1

Total

128.5

Total employees reporting earning National Minimum Wage or less

Border

16.2

Dublin

35.1

Mid-East

21.2

Mid-West

16.0

Midlands

10.0

South West

24.8

South-East

16.2

West

16.0

Total

155.5

Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS), Central Statistics Office, Ireland.

* Estimates for numbers of persons or averages where there are less than 30 persons in a cell are not produced as estimates are too small to be considered reliable.

Parentheses [ ] indicate where there are 30-49 persons in a cell, estimates are considered to have a wider margin of error and should be treated with caution.

Data may be subject to future revision.

Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.

Reference period: Q1 January-March, Q2 April-June, Q3 July-September