Employers are warning of pay claims from staff earning slightly above the minimum wage following the government's decision to increase the rate to €7.65 from May 1.
Mark Staunton, a director of Noel Recruitment, said that employers were now facing spiralling wage bills as a result of demands from workers on rates of €8 to€10 an hour, even before the next round of national pay talks gets underway.
Last week junior enterprise minister Tony Killeen...
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