Wednesday, 10 May 2000
Dáil Eireann Debate
133. Ms Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will provide a breakdown per sector of the estimated number or percentage of workers directly affected by the introduction of the national minimum wage. [12870/00]
Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Mr. T. Kitt): The National Minimum Wage Act, 2000 became law on 1 April and it was estimated that 163,000 employees would benefit from the Act.
The final report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Implementation of a National Minimum Wage, dated May 1999, contains a study, undertaken by the ESRI, of the likely impact of  the national minimum wage on employment, competitiveness, and inflation.
Table 2.6 from the ESRI study details the estimated percentage of employees directly affected by the introduction of the national minimum wage in different sectors of the economy and I am circulating that table as part of this reply.
|% in sector below £4.40 (£3.08) in 2000|
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||58.3|
|Building and construction||14.3|
|Other production industries||10.1|
|Insurance, finance etc.||1.0|
|Public administration and defence||1.1|
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Ms Harney): The National Minimum Wage Act, 2000 became law on 1 April and it was estimated that 163,000 employees would benefit from the Act.
The Act does not apply to an apprentice within the meaning of or under the Industrial Training Act, 1967, or the Labour Services Act, 1987. The apprenticeships concerned are set out in the Labour Services Act, 1987 – Apprenticeship Rules, 1997 (SI No. 168 of 1997).
The classes of apprentices listed under SI No. 168 of 1997 are: carton maker, printer, originator, bookbinder, bricklayer, plasterer, painter-decorator, vehicle body repairer, agricultural mechanic, aircraft mechanic, refrigeration craftsperson, sheet metal worker, cabinet maker, wood machinist, plumber, metal fabricator, heavy vehicle mechanic, toolmaker, construction plant fitter, motor mechanic, carpenter-joiner, fitter, electrician, instrumentation craftsperson, and floor-wall tiler.
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