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What are the procedures for Payroll in Ireland?

Running a business in Ireland presents significant challenges, and managing payroll is one of those tasks that can give even the most seasoned employer a bit of a headache. In this post, we'll be having a look at three more aspects of payroll that are essential to get right: how often employees should be paid, the regulations around minimum wage, and how to calculate overtime pay.

1. How Often Should Employees Be Paid in Ireland? Weekly or Monthly?

Ah, the age-old question! In Ireland, there's no hard and fast rule about how often you have to pay your employees. It can be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. What's most important is that you agree on the payment frequency with your employees and stick to it. It's all about keeping things fair and above board.

2. What Are the Minimum Wage Regulations in Ireland?

The minimum wage in Ireland is something that's taken very seriously. As of now, the national minimum wage for an experienced adult worker is set at a specific rate, but it's subject to change, so you'll want to keep an eye on that.

  • Experienced Adult Worker: Someone who has worked in any job for over two years.
  • Sub-Minimum Rates: There are different rates for younger workers, trainees, and those with less experience.

Remember, paying less than the minimum wage is not only unfair, but it's also against the law.

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3. How Do I Calculate Overtime Pay in Ireland?

Overtime pay is another area that can be a bit tricky. In Ireland, there's no statutory obligation to pay a higher rate for overtime, but many employers do. It's usually something that's agreed upon in the employment contract.

  • Time-and-a-Half: Often, overtime is paid at a rate of one and a half times the normal pay.
  • Double Time: Some employers might pay double time for Sundays or public holidays.

Make sure you have a clear agreement with your employees, so there's no confusion down the line.


So there you have it, a quick run-through of payment frequency, minimum wage, and overtime pay in Ireland. It might seem like a lot to take in, but with a bit of care and attention, you'll have it sorted in no time.

Keep an eye on our page for more information regarding Payroll in Ireland. If you're ever in doubt or need a hand with your payroll, don't hesitate to give us a shout. We're always here to help. Contact Yvonne, / Valerie, or call our office to find out more. 

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