Living Wage Ireland

In Ireland we have a legal Minimum Wage  – you can see the full details of the Minimum Wage in Ireland.


There is also now a Living Wage – which is was first introduced in 2014.
The Living Wage in 2021 is currently set at €12.30 an hour. It is not mandatory.

The legal  Minimum Wage is  €10.20 in 2021 – no employer can pay less than the minimum wage.

The Living Wage is set by a group comprised of representatives from trade unions , charities and

The Living Wage is a wage that makes possible a  minimum acceptable  standard  of living .

Lidl first major employer to pay Living Wage in Ireland

Lidl, which has 143 stores in Ireland already pays staff better than most of its rivals, with entry-level grades starting at €10.50 an hour.

Lidl Ireland has committed to paying staff the updated living wage rate of €12.30 per hour.

The German supermarket chain said the change would benefit 15 per cent or 800 of its 4,300 employees in the Republic, noting that its other staff were on higher rates of pay.

The company, which has 162 shops here, was one of the first supermarket chains to commit to paying the hourly rate as a basic minimum.

The Living Wage for Ireland is calculated on the basis of the Minimum Essential Standard of Living research in Ireland, conducted by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) . This research establishes a consensus on what members of the public believe is a minimum standard that no individual or household should live below.