The Low Pay Commission makes recommendations annually to the Minister on setting a minimum wage that is fair and sustainable.
The Low Pay Commission was established by the National Minimum Wage (Low Pay Commission) Act 2015.
Its principal function is, once each year, to examine the national minimum hourly rate of pay and to make a recommendation to the Minister respecting the rate, ensuring that all decisions are evidence based, fair and sustainable, and do not create significant adverse consequences for employment or competitiveness. The Commission may also report on matters related to the national minimum wage at the request of the Minister.
The Commission comprises eight members and an independent Chairperson. Members are selected for their understanding of the interests of employers and of employees, and two members are academics who have particular knowledge or expertise in relation to economics, labour market economics, statistics, and employment law.