Employment Facts

All the basic employment facts and figures you need to know

There are lots of employment facts / information / rates that you may need to access quickly. In this section you can access information, from the current minimum wage rates, holiday entitlement and holiday pay, through to current rates for redundancy and compensation rates for unfair dismissal.  

There are also details about statutory notice and continuity of employment.

Use this section to find rates and information quickly on any of the following: Family Friendly (maternity, paternity, adoption, parents, parental, leave to care for medical purposes leave etc), SSP (statutory sick pay), redundancy (a week's pay), national minimum wage and allowances, statutory holiday entitlement, calculating holiday pay, working hours and breaks, statutory notice and continuity of employment.

Frequently asked questions

In normal circumstances, employers cannot automatically reclaim illness benefit unless they have agreed that the employee will sign the payment to the employer as they are providing an additional payment to the employee to minimise any loss of earnings.


The notice period will be in accordance with the employee's contract or alternatively the statutory notice of one week for each completed year's service up to a maximum of 12 weeks (whichever is the greater).

Since 1 January 2023, the national minimum wage is €11.30 per hour, some employees get sub-minimum rates, such as people aged under 20 years. (see the ‘Rates’ section below). These rates are due to increase from January 2024 and the amount will be confirmed in the budget due on 10 October 2023.  

Age group Minimum wage from 1 January 2023
Aged 20 and over €11.30
Aged 19 €10.17
Aged 18 €9.04
Aged under 18 €7.91

Statutory rates change in line with budget recommendations each year. Minimum wage changes normally happen from the 1st of January each year. 

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