The new body tasked with advising the Government on the appropriate rate of the national minimum wage is calling for submissions as part of a public consultation process.

The Low Pay Commission, which was launched last month under the chair of Donal de Buitléir, is to make recommendations to the Government on any increase in the minimum wage, which currently stands at €8.65 per hour.

It will consider the changes in earnings since the rate was last increased in 2011 and the impact of an increase on employment, the cost of living and national competitiveness.

The deadline for submission is Monday 13 April.

The commission is expected to report to the Government by July.