Irish Hairdressers Federation calls on government to reassess minimum wage increase

It said labour costs and repayment of warehoused debts were the largest issues facing the industry.

Hairdressers have been struggling with the Vat rate having returned to 13.5 per cent and increasing labour costs primarily driven by the rising minimum wage. Picture: Getty

The Irish Hairdressers Federation (IHF) has called on government to work with the industry on “severe difficulties” like like minimum wage increases and employees’ entitlement to paid sick leave.

Lisa Eccles, president of the IHF, said the government should extend its recently announced debt warehousing scheme out for a longer period of time than the five years announced on Monday to help struggling hairdressers.

“Energy, stock items and insurance costs continue to soar. We urgently ...