Written answers

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Living Wage

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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850. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the estimated cost of implementing a living wage €12.30 for all employees directly employed and or in agencies under her remit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30765/19]

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Dublin South West, Independent)
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As the Deputy may be aware, any adjustments to the salaries of public and civil servants are set out in the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020.

A suggested living wage of €12.30 per hour would equate to an annual salary of €23,747, based on a standard civil service net working week of 37 hours. In this Department, to apply the 'living wage' on that basis would cost in the region of €1,400 per annum based on current employee figures.

As the information requested is not readily available in respect of the agencies under my Department's remit, I have asked the Adoption Authority of Ireland, the Children Detention School Campus and Tusla to furnish this information directly to the Deputy.


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