Case study: Minimum wage

Sean works 39 hours per week including three hours on a Saturday. He is entitled to the minimum wage of €9.80 as he is an experienced adult employee and isn't on a training or study course. He is paid a gross wage of €386 per week. Sean's pay includes a €20 premium for working Saturdays. He asked his employer about the national minimum wage and his employer gave him the following information:

  • The pay reference period is weekly
  • Dividing the gross pay (€386) by the hours worked (39), this gives an average hourly pay of €9.90

This is above the current national minimum wage of €9.80 per hour. Is Sean's employer correct?

Answer
No, Sean's employer is incorrect. The €20 premium for working on Saturdays should not be included for national minimum wage purposes. This means that only €366 should be divided by 39, giving an average hourly pay of €9.38 - below the national minimum wage of €9.80.

Sean's entitlement is a basic wage of €382.20 (€9.80 x 39) plus €20 Saturday premium which comes to a total of €402.20.

Page edited: 2 January 2019