Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (122)

Maurice Quinlivan


122. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of workers employed by his Department and in each office or agency under the aegis of his Department who earn less than the living wage of €12.30 per hour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38242/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Minimum Wage is a statutory entitlement and has a legislative basis. The Low Pay Commission annually assesses the appropriate level of the National Minimum Wage. The current national minimum hourly rate of pay, since 1 January 2019, is €9.80 per hour, as set out in the National Minimum Wage Order 2018. The Living Wage, to which this Question refers, has no legislative basis and is therefore not a statutory entitlement.

My Department employs 57 members of staff earning less than €12.30 per hour, 29 of which are employed at the Office of Government Procurement. The remaining includes 6 apprentices taking part in an ICT Associate Professional Apprentice Programme.

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the bodies under the aegis of my Department is set out in the table below.

Bodies under the Aegis

Number of Staff earning less than €12.30 per hour

Office of Public Works


Office of the Ombudsman


Public Appointments Service


State Lab


National Shared Services Office


Office of the National Lottery Regulator