Rents push Living Wage figure up to €11.90

Rents push Living Wage figure up to €11.90
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A research group says housing costs for a worker on the Living Wage increased by an average of 10.9 per cent across the country in the last year, while in Dublin rent now accounts for effectively half of a single person’s minimum living costs

A group set up to estimate the minimum a single worker needs to earn to sustain an acceptable standard of living in Ireland has raised its estimate of the ‘Living Wage’ for 2018 to €11.90 per hour. This is up from €11.70 last year. The Living Wage Technical Group says the increase has mainly been caused by the housing crisis and the consequent increase in rents.

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