Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Questions (122)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

122. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated cost of introducing a living wage of €12.30 per hour for all workers in the Civil Service. [51997/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

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.

Civil 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.

It should also be noted that in the context of the Living Wage, future pay increases under the Public Services Stability Agreement 2018-2020 include: 0.5% for those earning under €32,000 in January 2020 and 2% in October 2020.

Department data estimates that 0.3% of civil service staff are on salaries of less than €23,747. To bring them up to the living wage it would cost an estimated €452,348 (€407,705 plus 10.95% ER PRSI).