Low Pay: Some Insights
The latest NERI Research inBrief looks at those who are on low pay in the Republic of Ireland. Its key points are:
- Low pay is more common among:
- female workers;
- younger workers;
- those in the retail, hotel and security sectors;
- single parents; and
- those on temporary contracts.
- At the household level, a higher proportion of low paid employees are living in households that struggle financially, borrow for day to day living costs and experience deprivation.
- 25% of employees (almost 345,000) earn less than €11.45 per hour.
- 30% of employees (just over 400,000) earn less than €12.20 per hour.
The inBrief complements a recent NERI Working paper which is available here: Collins, M.L. (2015), ‘Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland: A Profile and Some Policy Issues’ NERI Working Paper, 2015/29. Dublin, NERI.