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Previous rates of pay under the National Minimum Wage

From 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, the following rates applied:

Age

Amount

% of NMW

Under 18

€7.14

70%

18 years old

€8.16

80%

19 years old

€9.18

90%

National Minimum Wage (20+)

€10.20

100%

From 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020, the following rates applied:

Age

Amount

% of NMW

Under 18

€7.07

70%

18 years old

€8.08

80%

19 years old

€9.09

90%

National Minimum Wage (20+)

€10.10

100%

Trainee rates of pay are abolished and rates of pay for employees are based on age since 4 March 2019 when the Employment Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2018 came into force.

Previous National Minimum Wage rates as they apply to certain categories of employees before 4 March 2019, are listed in the table below
Employee NMW Hourly Rates from 4th March 2019NMW Hourly Rates from 1st January 2018NMW Hourly Rates from 1st January 2017% of NMW
Experienced Adult Worker€9.80€9.55€9.25100%
Under age 18€6.86€6.69€6.4870%
In the first year after the date of first employment over age 18, whether or not the employee changes employer during the year *€7.84€7.64€7.4080%
In the second year after the date of first employment over age 18, whether or not the employee changes employer during the year * €8.82€8.60€8.33 90%
In a course of training or study over age 18, undertaken in normal working hours **
First 1/3rd period€7.35€7.16€6.9475%
Second 1/3rd period€7.84€7.64€7.4080%
Third 1/3rd period€8.82€8.60€8.3390%

NB - Each 1/3rd period must be at least 1 month and no longer than 12 months.

Experienced adult worker named by the Labour Court in granting a temporary exemption to an employer from paying the national minimum hourly rate of pay.

NB - The minimum period of temporary exemption is 3 months and the maximum period is 12 months.

Labour Court will decide the lower hourly rate of pay that the employee must be paid for the period of the temporary exemption.

* Employment experience prior to age 18 is not taken into account for these rates.

** Training must be as prescribed by the Minister in regulations. (Please see S.I. No. 99/2000 - National Minimum Wage Act, 2000 (Prescribed Courses of Study Or Training) Regulations, 2000)

A Link to the National Minimum Wage Act