Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (799)

Willie O'Dea


799. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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. [30778/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Based on current staffing figures and pay levels, the additional annual salary cost to the Department of Transport , Tourism and Sport, of implementing a living wage of €12.30 per hour is estimated to be of the order of €200,000. As the Deputy is aware, the living wage of €12.30 per hour is not a statutory entitlement. Policy in relation to the determination of salary rates for all public servants, including staff in the State agencies under the aegis of the Department, is a matter for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

The Deputy’s question has been referred to the non-commercial agencies under its remit for direct reply in respect of the notional costs for each agency of implementing a living wage of €12.30 per hour.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A