Tánaiste Joan Burton: Will also promise to increase the national minimum wage over the coming years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

All State employees as well as those working for contractors employed by public bodies will be paid the living wage if the Labour Party is returned to(...)

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash  said it was well-known  the vast majority of those who were paid the national minimum wage were women. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government has asked the Low Pay Commission to investigate why so many women are paid only the national minimum wage. Minister for Business and Em(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Government officials are looking at the scope for a bigger tax-cuts package than the agreed €750 million limit through a series of revenue-raising mea(...)

At the launch of National Women’s Council of Ireland’s  pre-budget submission were (from left): Alice-Mary Higgins, policy and campaigns officer, NWCI; Linda Brennan, parent and women’s champion at Symantec; Aileen Morrissey of Mandate,  and Orla O’Connor, director, NWCI. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Increasing the take-home pay of low-paid workers – the majority of whom are women – must be a priority in the forthcoming budget, according to the Nat(...)

Joan Burton may still be a fan of JobBridge but most would prefer to see it scrapped

Is it time for the controversial JobBridge internship scheme to be wound up? The Department of Social Protection announced earlier this week it was to(...)

Retail sales rose 2.3 per cent in the year to the end of June and are 2.8 per cent ahead of the same period last year, although still lagging 14 per cent behind the pre-crash economy.  Photograph: The Irish Times.

PRSI rates for employers should be reduced to help offset a proposed rise in the minimum wage and to provide a boost to the retail sector which is fi(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: said that any PRSI anomalies arising from the recommendations in the Low Pay Commission report would be addressed in the forthcoming budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Unite trade union has urged the Government not to reduce employers’ PRSI to compensate for a planned increase in the national minimum wage. Unite(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described some of the examples of the  anomalies as “quite stark”.

Government moves to increase the rate of the national minimum wage on foot of the report of the Low Pay Commission are likely to be introduced in t(...)

Chairman of the Low Pay Commission Donal de Buitléir, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the official launch of the commission’s report on the national minimum wage at Seán O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Employers may introduce a “slight adjustment” in the hours they give to workers as a result of the 50 cent increase in the minimum wage, the chairman (...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tanaiste Joan Burton and Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs at the launch of the Low Pay Commission earlier this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Trade union and migrant rights activists on the Low Pay Commission have disagreed with its overall recommendation that the national minimum wage shoul(...)