Ibec has claimed that the living wage is not an accurate way to assess cost of living pressure and is a structurally wrong concept to begin with.
The living wage puts a lot of pressure onto the business. Whether the business’s are able to pay is not accounted for in the living wage. This was following the Living Wage technical group, who sets the living wage figure, increased it by 20 cents to €11.70 in Ireland for 2017.
The reason for the increase? It was accounting for the current housing shortage and the increased rent levels.
This is different than the minimum wage set at €9.25 and set by Government’s low pay commission.
The living wage was created in 2014 updated every July. It is ideally the set average wage for full-time employees to cover the minimum cost of living.
It is set by the Living Wage technical group. They consist of researchers and academics and directed by Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice.
It is priced by many factors which include: health insurance cost, food cost, Universal Social Charge weekly …