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'Little evidence' minimum wage rise hit jobs

ESRI study on 2016 increase finds that average number of hours worked fell, but attributes this to more part-time workers joining the labour market

18th April, 2018
Freezing tax bands 'weakens incentives to work'. Pic: Getty

The study was published by the think-tank and funded by the Low Pay Commission. Under legislation, the commission must ensure that any rise in the minimum wage that it recommends does not have a significant adverse effect on jobs.

The research looked at whether the rise in the minimum wage from €8.65 to €9.15 an hour, which came into effect on January 1st 2016, led employers to cut their workforce or reduce the number of...

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