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Wages December 3, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

There’s so much else on it can be difficult to keep track of it, but there was this partly refreshing analysis on wages in this state from Cliff Taylor a week or so back in the IT where he notes that the median, not the average, wage is €592.60 weekly, which is about €30,000. And he draws the necessary conclusion:

So the first message from the figures is that there are a lot of people living on modest incomes. Of course many families have more than one income. And in the majority of cases, though not all, people work part-time because they choose to, not because they have to. But still, the average median income at under €600 a week is modest.

That’s not the whole story, the media is variable depending upon location with it slightly higher than €600 in Dublin and then well well below that at its lowest, in Donegal. Then there’s this:

The CSO data gives further insights. It shows that 28.7 per cent of people earn less than €400 a week. The biggest group – 39.4 per cent – earn between €400 and €800 a week. And the remaining 31.9 per cent earn over €800, including 6.5 per cent of earners who make over €1,600 a week, before tax.

That’s a huge percentage when one thinks about it on the less than €400 wage, close enough to a third of those working.

Another very useful insight:

And regionally, the cities appear to be recovering, but outside of them the situation can be very problematic.


1. EWI - December 3, 2019

And that’s before we get to the astonishing costs of living in Dublin. But not to fear, a bunch of new Green councillors lined out last night to defend the gifting of O’Devaney Gardens to a private developer (as well as that stupid whitewater-rafting thing).


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