New figures from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment reveal that there have been relatively few minimum wage prosecutions among Irish firms in recent years, indicative of the fact that most companies are not falling foul of minimum wage law.
It has been found that only five companies in total have been prosecuted for minimum wage legislation breach in the past five and a half years, and three of these cases were taken in 2002.
This can be taken as evidence of a strong level of compliance of Irish firms surrounding minimum wage obligations.
Meanwhile, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has taken nine prosecutions under the Organisation of Working Time Act since 2002, reports the Post.
In addition, there has been an increase in the overall level of complaints made to the Labour Relations Commissions and the Labour Inspectorate, which carried out over 4,220 inspections in 2005 alone.
It has been reported that Gordon Brown is considering plans to reduce the minimum wage in Northern Ireland, as well as Scotland, Wakes and the north-east of England.