Posts in the "Wages" category

We need to talk about what policy can do to ensure a decent wage for the low paid

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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How do we lessen the plight of the low paid and ensure that workers are rewarded a decent wage for their work? Is it enough for policy to focus solely on increasing the minimum wage?

 This Blog looks at recent UK policy which has sought to tackle low pay and suggests that if the Government is really serious about “ending” low pay it needs to move beyond its recent sole focus on raising the wage floor and utilise a range of policy levers. Key among these is the need for workers to have the right to have their wages negotiated for collectively by a trade union.


The National Living Wage aka the national minimum wage

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The latest labour market figures: positive trends, but participation and employment rates still down

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Ciarán Nugent


The Central Statistics Office recently released the results of the Labour Force Survey (the newly minted official source of employment data) for the first quarter of 2019. The release corroborated much of the recent good news for the Irish labour market as general positive trends continue. In many respects however, the Irish labour market had a way to go in 2019 to full recovery from the impact of the 2007-08 financial crisis.

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The organisation of childcare services: What role for gender equality?

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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Slides from Dr Rossella Ciccia NERI Belfast seminar presentation 


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Prospects for Private Sector Wages 2018/2019

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Tom McDonnell


The Republic of Ireland's labour market is tightening, albeit not yet overheating. As such, the prospects for real wage growth for workers continue to improve. In this presentation we assess the state of the Republic of Ireland's labour market and look ahead to the potential for real wage growth in 2019.

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Productivity matters for everyone

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Paul Mac Flynn

In recent years one economic trend in particular has become increasingly important for policymakers across most western economies and that is productivity. It has become such a significant issue because while most other economic metrics eventually began to recover following the 2008 crash, productivity has remained stubbornly weak.

In simple terms productivity is a measure of how efficiently output is produced from inputs. However, productivity is a somewhat contested word, in that it can mean different things to different people depending on the context. In particular, there is quite a difference in how the word can be perceived when used in the micro sense as opposed to the macro.

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The housing crisis: rising costs, falling living standards

Posted on January 09, 2018 by Ciarán Nugent

 The national median disposable, net or after tax wage has increased by just under 8% since 2012 (now at €2,087 p.m. approx.) whilst the take home pay of a full-time minimum wage worker has increased by about 10% (now at €1,490). The most recent reports by show an almost 60% rise in average rents across the country and 40% growth in asking prices for residential properties in the same period.  The biggest increases have been in the Dublin area, followed by Cork and Galway.

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Interest Rates: Don't move too soon

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Paul Mac Flynn

Interest rates have been making the headlines in recent weeks, as speculation mounts about a possible change in policy this Thursday. In the UK the Bank of England base rate has been at an all-time low for almost 10 years. Monetary policy has been very loose since the Great Financial Crash of 2008, not only in the UK but around the world.

Low interest rates were also supplemented by a process of Quantitative Easing designed to free up even more money in the system by allowing central bank purchase less risky assets such as bonds.

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Job insecurity is not a necessary trade-off to job flexibility

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Lisa Wilson

In the Autumn of 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned Matthew Taylor to undertake a review to consider how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models. One of the central aims of the review was to consider the extent that emerging business practices put pressure on the ‘trade-off between flexible labour and benefits such as higher pay or greater work availability, so that workers lose out on all aspects’.

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5th Annual NERI Labour Market Conference - Extension of deadline for submissions

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Louisa O'Brien

Maynooth University

The fifth Annual NERI Labour Market Conference will be held on Friday 12th May in association with Maynooth University's external link Department of Applied Social Science external link , the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting external link and the Department of Sociology external link . The conference will run from 10:00 - 16:00 and will include research papers on various aspects of the Irish labour market and Irish labour market policy.

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Private Sector Wages

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

Collective Bargaining

The Republic of Ireland's economy has been on a strengthening arc for the last four years with a narrowing output gap and GDP growth expected to exceed 4% in 2016.

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