Minimum wage likely to rise to €9.80/hour despite small business concerns
Last week, the Low Pay Commission issued its recommendation for the minimum wage for 2019, proposing a 25c per hour increase to €9.80 per hour. The recommendation was accepted by Cabinet and is due to be introduced from 1 January 2019.
This increase comes despite the concerns of the small business community, whose costs are already rising on many fronts. The Small Firms Association outlined its objections to any increase in a full written submission to the Low Pay Commission in February.
SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens, issued a media release two-days before the Low Pay Commission report, highlighting that increases under the Commission have already added over €20,000 to the annual wage bill of a small employer with 10 minimum wage employees.
The SFA’s views were covered in a range of media:
A second short press release responding to the €9.80 recommendation can be found here.