Public consultation on the phase in of the living wage

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is conducting a public consultation on the phasing in of a living wage.

The Low Pay Commission was requested to examine the Programme for Government commitment to “progress to a living wage over the lifetime of the government” and make recommendations on how best to achieve this commitment. 

The Low Pay Commission made a total of 18 recommendations on how best Ireland can phase in a living wage.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on these Low Pay Commission recommendations which are now being considered by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and on the appended ‘Strawman Proposal’ which provides an illustrative example of how a living wage might be phased in.

This consultation will inform the proposals the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment intends to bring to government on the phasing in of a living wage.


The public consultation document below outlines the principles of the consultation and provides a template for response.

Submissions should be emailed to

The closing date for submissions is close of business, Wednesday, 17 August 2022.

Topics: Workplace and Skills