Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (134)

Willie O'Dea


134. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the estimated cost of implementing a living wage of €12.30 for all employees directly employed and-or in agencies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30772/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The remuneration of the directly employed staff of my Department is sanctioned by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in line with Government policy.

The most accurate estimate of the cost per annum is in the region of €836,000 to €1,500,000 to include permanent and temporary staff. It is difficult to determine the exact cost of introducing an hourly rate of €12.30 for relevant employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as those affected by any change would include temporary clerical officers and this figure varies from year to year. 

There are no State Agencies funded by my Department.