"Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland," Economics & Finance Seminar: Micheál Collins (NERI)

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 15:30 to 17:00
Edgeworth Room, Rhetoric House, South Campus, Maynooth University

As part of the Economics and Finance seminar series at Maynooth University Dr. Micheál Collins (NERI)  will discuss Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland. This research aims to provide greater clarity on the overall shape of earnings across the state and in particular to establish a more robust evidence base for our understanding of the nature and shape of low pay in Ireland. ​The paper finds that 25% of employees earn an hourly wage of less than the Living Wage threshold of €11.45 per hour (approximately 345,000 employees) while 30% of employees earn below the Eurostat low pay threshold of €12.20. Low pay is most common among women, it is concentrated in specific sectors of the economy including wholesale and retail, accommodation and food, administration and support services, and in the agricultural, forestry and fishing sector, although the latter is small in size. It also extends across the age groups, reflecting the fact that low-pay is not a transitory phase experienced principally by young employees starting out.

A copy of the paper is available here and you can find out more about Micheál's research here.