340. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost of implementing a living wage €12.30 for all employees directly employed and or in agencies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30775/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Based on current salaries and staff numbers, the additional annual salary cost for implementing a wage of €12.30 per hour is estimated to be €2,105,568.70 for 592 staff.
These figures include bodies under the aegis of my Department with the exception of An Garda Síochána, the Legal Aid Board, and the Courts Service who were not able to supply data within the timeline. I have asked these bodies to provide the information directly to the Deputy as soon as it is available.