Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (850)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

850. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the estimated cost of implementing a living wage €12.30 for all employees directly employed and or in agencies under her remit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30765/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

As the Deputy may be aware, any adjustments to the salaries of public and civil servants are set out in the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020.

A suggested living wage of €12.30 per hour would equate to an annual salary of €23,747, based on a standard civil service net working week of 37 hours. In this Department, to apply the 'living wage' on that basis would cost in the region of €1,400 per annum based on current employee figures.

As the information requested is not readily available in respect of the agencies under my Department's remit, I have asked the Adoption Authority of Ireland, the Children Detention School Campus and Tusla to furnish this information directly to the Deputy.