As confirmed in October's Budget, Ireland's minimum wage is being raised by 30c an hour to €9.55.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made the announcement some five months ago, revealing that the new fare will be brought in by January 2018.
Minimum wage workers will notice a rise in their paycheques from this week.
Labour spokesperson on Worker’s Rights, Senator Ged Nash, has welcomed the news:
He said: “While modest, the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation to increase the rate by 30 cent an hour to €9.55 is a welcome but very small step in the right direction."
The living wage in Ireland is now estimated at €11.70, almost a third higher than the current minimum wage.
Minimum wage workers will now have an extra €12 on average in their wallets every week, or a combined €624 a year.