Ian Guider: Government is tone deaf on impact of benefits increases for workers on small firms

If we want Scandi levels of entitlements then someone has to pay for it and it shouldn’t be small firms who can’t afford it

Revenue Commissioners’ figures for 2021 show that of the nearly 195,000 registered companies in Ireland, 109,000 had a negative or no corporation tax liability. Picture: Fergal Phillips

There’s been quite the list of progressive benefits implemented for workers in the last couple of years. The minimum wage has consistently gone up, increasing by a double-digit amount in January.

Statutory sick pay has risen from three days to five and employees now have the right to request to be allowed to work home. Further changes are coming, including a shift from the national minimum wage to a living wage and the automatic enrolment ...