Minimum-wage workers in Ireland among worst hit in Europe by Covid-19, ESRI finds

Some 43 per cent of the lowest paid workers here are employed in the accommodation, food, wholesale or retail sectors which have been badly affected by the pandemic

8th April, 2021
Minimum-wage workers in Ireland among worst hit in Europe by Covid-19, ESRI finds
Many minimum-wage workers here are employed in the retail sector which has been shuttered for much of the pandemic. Photo: RollingNews.ie

Employees earning the minimum wage in Ireland are more likely than those in the rest of Europe to work in sectors that have been worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, new research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found.

The report found that 43 per cent of minimum-wage workers here were employed in the accommodation, food, wholesale or retail sectors, a higher rate than any of the other countries studied. These sectors...

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