National Minimum Wage (NMW) Advice Guide

Under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000, an experienced adult worker is entitled to earn at least €8.65 per hour up to 31st December 2015, rising to €9.15 per hour from 01st January 2016. An experienced adult worker is a worker who is not:

  • under the age of 18;
  • in the first two years of employment over the age of 18; or
  • a trainee undergoing a course that satisfies certain statutory requirements

An employee who is under 18 years of age is entitled to an hourly rate of at least 70% of the NMW. Job entrants entering employment for the first time after reaching the age of 18, or, if in employment, on reaching that age must be paid at least 80% of the NMW in the first year and 90% of the NMW in the second year.

Employers should be aware that different criteria and rates apply to those employees who are undergoing a course of study or training that meets specified statutory requirements, such as apprenticeships, and those employers governed by wage agreements such as Employment Regulation Orders (EROs), Registered Employment Agreements (REAs), or or Sectoral Employment Orders (SEOs).