Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (624)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

624. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the annual expenditure on the Low Pay Commission; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25121/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Low Pay Commission was launched on the 26th of February 2015 with a budget of €500,000 (per calendar year). This is broken down on a pay (€270,000) and a non-pay basis (€230,000). The budget for the Commission is provided by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. The Commission’s annual expenditure has ranged between €250,000 and €300,000 over the three years.

In 2018, the Commission's expenditure was €307,100.

A breakdown of the Commissions expenditure since its establishment is set out below:

Expenditure Item

2015*

2016

2017

2018

Salaries

€94,000

€150,000

€112,000

€149,200

Fees

€61,400

€81,000

€60,000

€75,300

Research

€75,000

€55,000

€84,000

€55,000

Administration*

€20,300

€21,000

€15,000

€27,600

Total

€250,700

€307,000

€271,000

€307,100

of which:

Pay

€155,400

€231,000

€172,000

€224,500

Non-Pay

€95,300

€76,000

€99,000

€82,600

* This includes payments during the Commission’s interim period of operations from February 2015. The first full year of operation was 2016.

Question No. 625 answered with Question No. 613.