Recent data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that average weekly earnings have increased by 2.7%.
Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, welcomed the news:
“This is the highest rate of wage growth since 2008. Across the economic sectors average weekly earnings increased in 11 of the 13 sectors and average hourly earnings increased by 2.1%. I was particularly encouraged by the fact that weekly wages in the private sector increased by 3.6%.”
Most Irish workers took a substantial hit to their wages during the recession. Noone said that although relatively small, this increase shows that we are on the right trajectory.
“Thanks to the Irish people we are seeing economic progress, with 135,000 more people at work, and it is very positive to see that we are also seeing an increase in the take-home-pay of Irish employees. Fine Gael’s top priority is to keep the recovery going and it is crucial for our society and economy that we ensure that we make work pay.”