One in ten people working in Ireland are on minimum wage or less
According to the latest report of the Central Statistics Office, over 10% of people working in Ireland reported themselves to be on minimum wage or less.
The current set minimum wage in Ireland is €9.25 per hour, and according to the CSO, 10.1% of the people working in Ireland between April and December in 2016 claimed they were working to that wage or less.
Over 155,000 workers are said to be on that minimum wage, with 22,500 of those reporting to below that number.
Irish nationals make up 83.6% of all working employees in Ireland, but represent 71.8% of working employees claiming to be on minimum wage or less.
Women are slightly more likely to be on minimum wage or less, making up 54.4% of the 155,000 workforce.
Meanwhile, 37.9% of the 155,000 were in the 15-25 age group, and 58.7% were employed on a part-time basis.
The biggest sector to work on the minimum wage are those who work within the services sector, which made up over 80% of the workforce on that wage or less, with accommodation and food services almost one quarter of the minimum wage force by themselves.
Of the workers who reported specifically that they were earning less than the minimum wage, 5,700 stated the reason was related to having a special training rate, while 5,800 said that it was age-related.