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IHF Unregulated activity

Reporting unregulated business activities.

We have been asked on several occasions what actions should be taken if you come across black-market hairdressing and beauty services being carried out near your business.  The IHF at all times works on behalf of its members and the Hairdressing Industry and encourages members and the general public to avail of our "good citizen" form on the IHF website.  The hair and beauty black market costs thousands of jobs, apprenticeships and employment every year and reporting black market hairdressing is very simple in an anonymous forum... http://www.irishhairfed.com/index.php/news/160-ihf-unregulated-activity.

Our members have highlighted very strongly how the issue of black market/unregulated business activities in the industry are affecting their business in a very real way.

In response to this feedback from our members the IHF has had meetings recently with representatives from the Special Investigation Unit (Department of Social Protection) and the Revenue (Compliance Division).  The IHF is building a direct line of communication with Revenue as it works on behalf of its members to address the issue of non compliance within the industry.



This campaign is currently running with IHF members - members are being asked to report unregulated business activities in their area.  To date a significant number of cases have been reported to Revenue. 

If you can identify non compliance in your area please:


  • fill in and submit the on-line form below.

Be assured that this information will be forwarded to Revenue in a confidential manner and anonymously.  [Revenue has also advised that they treat such reports in the strictest of confidence and, in order to ensure confidentiality, no feedback on such reports can be provided, but be assured that all reports are acted upon.]

Until real action is taken to address the issue business owners will see no change.   The IHF will monitor feedback to this reporting facility on our site and update viewers on the numbers of cases reported on a weekly basis.

  • The IHF encourages “competition” within our industry.
  • It also encourages “compliance” within our industry.
  • The IHF believes all businesses should be operating from a level playing field.

Please complete the form in the Appendix, giving details of any person(s) you know or believe to be operating an unregulated business activity in your area.

Contact details:

IHF postal address: Irish Hairdressers Federation, The Kiln, Seskin South, Ballyragget, Kilkenny.

Below are examples of some headings for use when reporting on unregulated business activity to Revenue. They are aware that the details at each heading below are not always available. However, as much information as possible should be provided in order for Revenue to identify non-compliant activity.

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Business Advice for this month

Notice to all IHF Members

31st July  2013


All employees are entitled toannual leave based on hours worked.

Employees' annual leave will be calculated by one of the following methods:

  • four working weeks, where an employee works more than 1,365 hours in the leave year; or
  • where the employee has worked less than 1,365 hours:
  • 1/3 of a working week, where the employee works at least 117 hours in a calendar month; or
  • 8% of the hours worked in the leave year (to a maximum of four working weeks per annum).

Note: the employer must choose the calculation that gives the greater entitlement.


Hours worked means hours actually worked (physically) including overtime.


Periods that should be included are:


  • maternity leave;
  • additional maternity leave;
  • adoptive leave;
  • additional adoptive leave;
  • health and safety leave;
  • parental leave;
  • carer's leave (first 13 weeks); and
  • hours spent on annual leave itself.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the rates of pay for an Apprentice hairdresser.


The JLC structure that applied to County and County Borough of Dublin, the Borough of Dun Laoghaire and the Urban District of Bray or Cork City are no longer constitutional.  Please contact 056-8833808 for further details.

For businesses outside of the above areas the National Minimum Wage structure applies.

There are certain criteria that must be ment when paying the National Minimum Wage structure.  Contact 056-8833808 for further details.

2. Public Holidays

All full-time employees are entitled to a public holiday benefit.  All part-time employees who have worked at least 40 hours in the five weeks ending on the day before the public holiday are entitled to a beneift.


An employee is entitled to which ever of the following the employer decides:

a paid day off on the day; or

a paid day off within a month of that day; or

an additional day of annual leave; or

an additional day's pay

The 9 Public Holidays are:

  • New Year's Day
  • St Patrick's day
  • Easter Monday
  • First Monday in May
  • First Monday in June
  • First Monday in August
  • Last Monday in October
  • Christmas day
  • St Stephen's day


National Minimum Wage Rates



The NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE RATE will change on the 1st January 2018  from 9.25 per working hour for an experienced adult worker to 9.55 per working hour.  For further clarification please call 056-8833808 or 0866995003.



 NB: In order to pay the Minimum Wage rates (to a trainee hairdresser) you must follow the guidelines relating to the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 as set out in the Irish Statute Book. A course of study or training must satisfy the criteria set out in Section 16 of the National Minimum Wage Act 2000.

If you wish to get more informaiton on this please contact the IHF Office 056-8833808 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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