What is the Minimum Wage for Ireland in 2023?

As of 1 January 2023, the minimum wage in Ireland has changed. In this article, we explain the new rates, any relevant rules and answer the top question as it concerns the Irish minimum wage.

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What is the National Minimum Wage? 

In Ireland, the National Minimum Wage is the minimum hourly pay rate that must be paid to employees. It applies to all major types of workers: full-time, part-time, contractual and seasonal. For that reason, the National Minimum Wage applies to most Irish employees. 

There are two exceptions worth noting, in cases where: 

  • An employee is a close relative of the employer (and where the employer is a Sole Trader). This may include a spouse, civil partner, parent, step-parent, grandparent, child, step-child, grandchild or half-sibling. 

  • A craft apprentice as defined by the Industrial Training Act of 1967 or the Labour of Services Act of 1987. 

You can learn more about the minimum wage in the UK, including Northern Ireland, by clicking on this link.

What is the Irish National Living Wage? 

The National Living Wage in Ireland is a new initiative announced by the Tánaiste in November of 2022. The idea of a National Living Wage is to essentially ‘raise the floor’ on the National Minimum Wage to introduce a new, more equitable rate of pay. 

Set at 60% of hourly median wages, in line with the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission, the National Living Wage will be phased in over a four-year period. It will then take the place of the National Minimum Wage as of 2026. 

What are the Irish National Minimum Wage Rates in 2023? 

As of 1 January, 2023, the national hourly rate stands at €11.30. Across age ranges, there are minor fluctuations, which you can see represented in this table.

Employment Category

Hourly Rate

Aged 20 and above


Aged 19


Aged 18


Under 18


How Did the Minimum Wage Increase in 2023? 

As of 1 January, 2023, the National Minimum Wage rose by 80 cents. This represents a 7.6% increase for the approximate 164,000 people who currently receive the minimum wage. This results in an estimated monthly increase of €120 per month.

What About Board and Lodgings?

As per government recommendations, the maximum amounts that can be included (as of 1 January, 2023) are €1.01 per hour worked for board and €26.70 per week or €3.81 per day for lodgings.

What is the Average Wage in Ireland?

According to research from Morgan McKinley, the average wage in Ireland is around €45,000.

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