As an employee, you are entitled to receive certain
basic employment rights. Although some industries entitle employees to
different rights, the list below is the minimum you should receive.
Most experienced adult workers in Ireland are
entitled to be paid €8.65 per hour. There are however, some exceptions to the
minimum wage, including those employed by close relatives, those aged under 18
and trainees or apprentices.
There are also certain industries in
Ireland where a higher minimum wage applies, including the construction
industry. Further information on these industries is available from our industry
The maximum 48 hour week is based on an average
calculated over a four, six, or twelve-month period depending on the industry.
Your employer must keep a record of how many hours you work.
You have the right to a 15-minute break if working four and a half hours of work and a 30-minute break if working six hours of work.
Full-time workers have the right to four working weeks paid annual leave per year. Part-time workers have the right to a proportional amount of annual leave based on the amount of time they work.
You are entitled to a minimum amount of notice if
your employment ceases. The minimum amount of notice depends on the length of
This list is not exhaustive and is not a legal interpretation.