81. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed or in agencies funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46398/15 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 91 together.
My Department has not had any discussions with suppliers or service contractors to the Department about the impact of a Living Wage. Levels of remuneration for employees of my Department and the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) are based on pay scales set centrally by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
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91. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1364/16 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 91 together.
My Department has not had any discussions with suppliers or service contractors to the Department about the impact of a Living Wage. Levels of remuneration for employees of my Department and the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) are based on pay scales set centrally by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
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124. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the discussions her Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to her Department or to agencies of her Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1378/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate of pay that provides an income that is sufficient to meet an individual’s basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transport and healthcare. The Living Wage is voluntary and has no legislative basis and is therefore not a statutory entitlement and cannot b...

238. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1372/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): In response to the Deputy’s query, it is important that Ireland’s statutory National Minimum Wage and the Living Wage concept are not merged together. The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate of pay that provides an income that is sufficient to meet an individual’s basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transport a...

278. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1377/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): It is important that Ireland’s statutory National Minimum Wage and the Living Wage concept are not conflated. The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate of pay that provides an income that is sufficient to meet an individual’s basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transport and healthcare.  The...

304. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1375/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Along with this pay floor all employers are required to confirm that they have taken account of their statutory and legal obligations relating to the employment protection and working conditions of their employees in the provision of goods and services sought for my Department through the eTenders website.
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408. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1365/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Neither I nor my Department has had any discussions with suppliers or service contractors as the living wage is a voluntary concept at this stage and has no legislative basis. It is not a statutory entitlement and therefore cannot be imposed on suppliers or contractors. 
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446. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the Living Wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1369/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has had no such discussions with suppliers or service contractors to the Department with regard to compliance with payment of the Living Wage to the employees of suppliers or service contracts. 
It is important that Ireland’s National Minimum Wage and the Living Wage concept are not conflated. The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded,...

504. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the discussions her Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to her Department or to agencies of her Department to ensure employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1376/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Standard procurement terms and conditions for goods and services are prepared by the Chief State Solicitor and published by the Office of Government Procurement. These ensure that public service organisations fully discharge their legal obligations including those under employment law. Acceptance of these conditions is a qualification requirement before vendors can be awarded a contract by my Department. As the Deputy will be aware,...

534. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1367/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): It is important that Ireland’s statutory National Minimum Wage and the Living Wage concept are not conflated. The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate of pay that provides an income that is sufficient to meet an individual’s basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transport and healthcare. 
The Liv...

680. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1374/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): My Department has no direct responsibility in this matter. However, I can inform you that the Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate of pay that provides an income that is sufficient to meet an individual’s basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transport and healthcare. The Living Wage is voluntary and has no legislati...

730. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1373/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s public procurement activity involves the acquisition of services, supplies, goods and works. Open public procurement procedures are used to engage external contractors to provide non-core services involving ICT, programme administration and general services. The Department meets its statutory obligations relating to minimum pay by complying with the European Procurement Directives an...

820. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the discussions her Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to her Department or to agencies of her Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1370/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): For the Deputy’s information, the Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate of pay that provides an income that is sufficient to meet an individual’s basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transport and healthcare. The Living Wage is voluntary and has no legislative basis and is therefore not a statutory e...

882. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1371/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The Living Wage is voluntary, has no legislative basis and is therefore not a statutory entitlement; it cannot be imposed on suppliers or contractors. My Department has consequently had no discussions with suppliers or service contractors in regard to the rate of pay of their employees. Such operational arrangements for agencies under the aegis of my Department are a matter for the bodies concerned and my Departm...

901. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to hisDepartment or to agencies of his Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the Living Wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1368/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): As I have previously advised the Deputy, the Minister of State for Business and Employment at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation hosted a forum on the Living Wage in Dublin Castle on 30 September 2015. At this forum, the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection signalled that her Department would fund the next stage of examining the process which involves setting up a working group and I understand ...

942. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the discussions his Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to his Department or agencies of his Department to ensure employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the living wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1379/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate of pay that provides an income that is sufficient to meet an individual’s basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transport and healthcare.  The Living Wage is voluntary and has no legislative basis and is therefore not a statutory entitlement and cannot be impose...

962. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the discussions her Department has had with suppliers or service contractors to her Department or to agencies of her Department to ensure that employees of such suppliers and contractors are paid the Living Wage of €11.50 per hour; the cost of implementing this wage for these employees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1366/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Living Wage)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): While, as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, I have no statutory role in relation to either the Living Wage, nor the National Minimum Wage, I can confirm that my Department adheres to all relevant public procurement guidelines and that suppliers and service contractors to my Department are required to confirm that they have taken account of their statutory and legal obligations relating to the employment protec...

106. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed by her Department or in agencies funded by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46412/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Living Wage)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): My Department has undertaken no costing of the initiative outlined by the Deputy as the introduction of any such scheme would necessarily have to take place on a cross Governmental basis and costs determined centrally as part of the estimates budgetary process. On a purely indicative basis it is not anticipated that the introduction of such a scheme in my own Department would incur significant cost as the majority of staff are on...

174. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed or in agencies funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46406/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Living Wage)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I wish to advise the Deputy that based on the gross hours per week of 43.25 hours 16 of my staff are currently earning less than €11.50 an hour. If these salaries were raised to a minimum threshold of €11.50 an hour then the total additional cost to my Department per annum would be €62,670.63.
In relation to employees employed in agencies funded by my Department, there would be no additional cost if a minimum threshold of €11.50 was implemented. 
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205. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed, or in agencies funded by, his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46411/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Living Wage)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputy’s question the table below provides the annual cost of introducing a living wage minimal threshold gross salary of €11.50 for all employees in my Department, and those under my remit, are as follows:
 Organisation Annual Cost Department of Public Expenditure and Reform €685,539 Valuation Office €11,897 Institute of Public Administration As the lowest salary offered exceeds the living wage, ...

232. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed or in agencies funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46409/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Living Wage)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can advise the Deputy that remuneration of the staff of the Department is as sanctioned by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in line with Government policy.
Within the time available it has not been possible to calculate an exact figure. However, I can advise the Deputy that the annual additional salary cost to the Department of introducing a minimum hourly rate of €11.50 per hour is estimated to be approximat...

292. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed or in agencies funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46399/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Living Wage)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Based on introducing a minimal threshold hourly rate of €11.50, the estimated additional annual cost in 2016 for staff employed by my Department would be approximately €77,000, after the sanctioned increase of 2.5% under the Lansdowne Road Agreement is taken into account.
The parallel information in respect of State Bodies under the aegis of my Department is a matter for the Bodies themselves. 
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311. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed or in agencies funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46403/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Living Wage)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Defence Organisation includes military personnel, civil servants and civilian employees attached to military installations.
The pay structures and conditions of service of members of the Permanent Defence Force contain professional and technical remuneration elements in addition to allowances in the nature of pay which reflect the unique aspects of military life both at home and abroad. As such, the non-standard time and attendance patterns of mi...

390. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed or in agencies funded by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46410/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Living Wage)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can inform the Deputy that based on current staffing figures, the additional annual salary cost to my Department of implementing a living wage of €11.50 per hour is estimated to be €592,301 for 171 staff. 
These figures include bodies under the aegis of my Department with the exception of An Garda Síochána. I have asked An Garda Síochána to provide the information directly to the Deputy as soon as it is available.
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403. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for all employees directly employed or in agencies funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46401/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - Living Wage)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): My Department has not undertaken a specific costing exercise to determine the cost of implementing a living wage of €11.50 for its employees and those employed in its agencies. However, on a purely indicative basis, it is not anticipated that the introduction of such a scheme in my own Department would incur significant cost as the majority of staff are on salary points above that mentioned by the Deputy.
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