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It is a wage which makes possible a minimum acceptable standard of living. It is evidence based and grounded in social consensus.

It is:

  • based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to enable individuals to afford a socially acceptable standard of living
  • the average gross salary which will enable full time employed adults (without dependents) across Ireland to afford a socially acceptable standard of living
  • a living wage which provides for needs not wants
  • an evidence based rate of pay which is grounded in social consensus and is derived from Consensual Budget Standards research which establishes the cost of a Minimum Essential Standard of Living in Ireland today
  • unlike the National Minimum Wage which is not based on the cost of living.
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