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Comment #1242786 by Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh May 28th 2013, 1:51 PM #

Dunno who came up with those figures I’m earning nowhere near that

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Workers in Ireland earn an average of €697 a week

Workers in Ireland earn an average of €697 a week

Workers in administrative and support services have seen an increase on last year while those employed in construction have fared worst.

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    Favourite Eileen Dover
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    May 28th 2013, 1:54 PM

    So the boss earns 200k per year. The cleaner earns 20k per year. The average pay is 110k. Would that be about right?

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    Favourite Rónán O'Suilleabháin
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    May 28th 2013, 2:01 PM

    The CSO did, and it’s an average.

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    Favourite John Dobermann
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    May 28th 2013, 2:04 PM

    Its ~36400 a year so its hardly a colossal average wage. I’m assuming all figures are before tax, of course.

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    Favourite sean
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    May 28th 2013, 2:09 PM

    currently on 32k ………..and thats after 9 years
    however the average wages in the company (according to the media off course ) is €80,000pa

    Take averages with a pinch of salt

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    Favourite Dave Murray
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    May 28th 2013, 2:18 PM

    It’s the same every time we see an article on wages, salaries, etc.
    The journalists invariably forget to say “before tax” or “after tax” ["gross" or "net"].
    So the readers are always left scratching their heads….

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    Favourite M
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    May 28th 2013, 2:23 PM

    It says earnings, not what you actually get when the government F you over and take most of it!

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    Favourite Dave Murray
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    May 28th 2013, 2:25 PM

    Gross or net earnings?
    I’m still none the wiser.

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    Favourite Gary dunn
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    May 28th 2013, 2:30 PM

    That would be a 100 more than my wage before its molested with tax. Out of about 20 close friends i have only one that makes anything like that..he works for e.s.b .

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    Favourite Andrew Telford
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    May 28th 2013, 2:37 PM

    No that would be incorrect… No economy functions with a 1:1 cleaner to manager ratio. 20 cleaners earn 22k and the manager/owner of the company earns 200k therefore the average would be approx 30k

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    Favourite Johnny B
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    May 28th 2013, 2:39 PM

    Jaysus I’d love ta be getting nearly 700 euro a week!!

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    Favourite George O Neill
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    May 28th 2013, 2:58 PM

    OK please supply figures if you know the amount of people payed by hour
    How many people employed at mininum wage = ?
    ” ” ” ” ” ” 10 to 15 euro = ?
    ” ” ” ” ” ” 15 ” 20 ” = ?
    ” ” ” ” ” ” 20 ” 30 ” = ?
    ” ” ” ” ” ” 30 ” 40 ” = ?
    ” ” ” ” ” ” 40 ” 50 ” = ?
    ” ” ” ” ” ” 50 ” 70 ” = ?
    ” ” ” ” ” ” 70 ” 100 ” = ?
    ” ” who work for over 100 euro per hour = ? lets see them figures then we can all work out the exactly what the average is. Lumping people who earn a low wage with high earners is like trying to find an average between apples and oranges and about as useful as teats on a bull

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    Favourite Tom Rooney
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    May 28th 2013, 3:08 PM

    The whole average earnings thing is nothing but spin and waffle. The reality is a lot of people are scraping by on little more than minimum wage with a few people earning just a little more than that again. Then there are the minority at the top of the scale who are earning more than everyone else combined.

    If anyone thinks the average Joe on the street is earning nearly €700 per week they’re living in fantasy land.
    €400 per week would be a more realistic number for the average wage.

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    Favourite Declan Cotter
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    May 28th 2013, 3:21 PM

    No Eileen..That would not be ‘about right’… Tiny proportion of Irish workers earn 200k.. Think only 3% earn more than a 100k… so please attempt to be logical

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    Favourite cooperguy
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    May 28th 2013, 3:26 PM

    Here is an article from the Journal earlier in the year thatshiw the break down of earnings in Ireland. 1% earn over 140k and somewhere under 5% earn over 100k

    http://bit.ly/152VeUq

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    Favourite Tom Rooney
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    May 28th 2013, 3:51 PM

    Cooperguy, 5% of the workforce would equate to about 100,000 people earning over €100,000. This works to a combined amount of €10,000,000,000.

    We also know that roughly 18,690 people (1%) earn over €140,000 per year, but how much over that we don’t know, it could be half a million in some cases and a million in others.

    Needless to say, a tiny minority are earning colossal salary’s while the majority of the workforce are just scraping by.

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    Favourite guardian
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    May 28th 2013, 3:58 PM

    Agree. Im on 42k which seems good but paying for small house id have very little to do anything with.

    I often wonder how people afford big houses lol id be on good wage and I can only afford shoe box mind you I did buy in boom. I’d gladly give up 10k a year to wslk away from mortgage with fresh start

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    Favourite cooperguy
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    May 28th 2013, 4:09 PM

    Tom 5% of the workforce earn 78k and 1.5% earn 120k it doesn’t give the number for 100k which is why I said less than 5% ( I would guess 3% but wouldn’t want to be accused of making up numbers!)

    People were wondering what the breakdown was like which was why I posted it. It is a pretty small fraction of the work force that earn over 100k anyway!

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    Favourite Tom Rooney
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    May 28th 2013, 4:16 PM

    Either way, it is clear that a tiny minority are earning vast multiples of the majority. Considering that all of it is earned of the back of the labour force in one way or another it begs the question, is it justifiable?

    A trend I have been noticing is the continued attacks on workers conditions of employment by unscrupulous employers who are jumping on the recession bandwagon, using it to their advantage to drive salary and conditions down with very little justification.

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    Favourite Brian Ó Dálaigh
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    May 28th 2013, 4:39 PM

    I’d gladly take 697 per month, never mind per week. Currently on 103 per week on part time employment. Overqualified for menial work, not enough experience for more skilled or professional positions.

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    Favourite Gary dunn
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    May 28th 2013, 5:06 PM

    Spot on tom

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    Favourite Terry Turner
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    May 28th 2013, 5:32 PM

    The information is good because it shows trends which are better to know than absolute values.

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    Favourite Alan Scott
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    May 28th 2013, 6:46 PM

    For a lot of workers in the private sector it is higher, overtime taxed?

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    Favourite Paul Lanigan
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    May 28th 2013, 7:03 PM

    How did you come up with 80K pa?

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    Favourite Christina Seery
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    May 28th 2013, 7:29 PM

    yes Cooperguy, I am a veterinary nurse

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    Favourite Geraldine Lee
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    May 28th 2013, 8:04 PM

    Bull sh–e

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    Favourite Declan Conway
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    May 29th 2013, 11:09 AM

    The pensions of senior civil servants and former government ministers is about three times that – a week.
    All courtesy of the Irish taxpayer.
    Ain’t life grand.

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