Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (41)

Maurice Quinlivan


41. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Taoiseach 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. [38238/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The suggested wage at €12.30 per hour based on the Civil Service 37 hour standard net working week equates to an annual salary of €23,747. Public servants currently on an annual salary of less than €23,747 may be receiving remuneration in excess of the suggested living wage through additional premium payments in respect of shift or atypical working hours or are on salary scales that progress to the suggested living wage and above through incremental progression.

Following the application of pay adjustments with effect from 1 September 2019 as provided for in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017, there are 2 employees of my Department whose annual basic salary is currently less than the suggested living wage of €12.30 per hour.

The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) - the only body under my Department's aegis, has no employees earning less than the suggested rate.