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Decrease in number of workers earning minimum wage or less

Decrease in number of workers earning minimum wage or less

There was a 9% decrease in the number of workers earning the minimum wage or less in the last three months of 2018 compared to the previous year, according to CSO figures.

7.6% of employees earned the minimum wage or less in Q4 of 2018, down from 8.6% in the same period of 2017.

That amounts to 137,200 employees who reported they earned the minimum wage or less and this was down by 13,500 year-on-year.

The information comes from the Labour Force Survey, which is the official source of employment statistics in Ireland.

The figures also show that women are more likely to earn the minimum wage or less than men, which was been consistent since the statistic was first measured in 2016.

Of the 137,200 employees who reported earning the minimum wage or, 75,900 or 55.3% were female while 61,300 or 44.7% were male.

In total, 6.8% of all male employees in the State earned the NMW or less and the corresponding figure for females was 8.3% in Q4 2018.

The services sector accounted for 83.5% of all employees who reported earning the minimum wage or less, while half of the total figure recorded were in the 15-24 age group.

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