The use of contractors in the IT, pharmaceutical, health and engineering sectors has been promoted by both employers and recruitment firms. File photograph: PA Photo

State agencies are stepping up investigations into companies who employ workers as self-employed contractors on a bogus basis to cut their overheads. (...)

The minimum hourly living wage a person needs has been put at €11.50 an hour by the Living Wage Technical Group, an increase of 5 cents on the 2014 rate. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People in Ireland need to earn almost €450 a week to be able to afford an acceptable standard of living, according to new research to be published thi(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton at the annual pre-budget meeting with NGOs at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children in school breakfast clubs in some of the country’s poorest areas are “taking extra food home on Fridays” to “see them through the weekend”(...)

A ‘living wage’ of €11.45 an hour would provide an acceptable minimum standard of living to employees, according to research by campaign groups. Irela(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton:  has pledged to establish an independent commission on low pay  to advise the Government on minimum wage levels  if elected Labour leader. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A “living wage” of €11.45 an hour is needed to provide an acceptable minimum standard of living to employees, according to research by campaign group(...)

TV and internet providers tried to persuade the Government to ensure anyone seeking deals with their banks over debt should be allowed to retain acces(...)

 Director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland, Lorcan O'Connor and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the launch of the Insolvency Service of Ireland Public Information Campaign, at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

The head of the Insolvency Service of Ireland said yesterday he had been frustrated in recent weeks by the number of leaks of drafts of the mi(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter unveiled details of how the new insolvency process would work this afternoon. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Minimum income guidelines for people entering the State’s new insolvency process have not been set in stone or at “subsistence level living or (...)

Single people may be left with just €29 a week for “social participation”, while those living close to public transport could have to abandon their cars. Photograph: Alan Betson

Just how much money does a person or a family need to get by, without being forced to wear a hair shirt, is a question that has been occupying (...)