Employers have until this evening to amend payments for staff to take account of upcoming bank holidays in Ireland and Europe to ensure workers receive salaries on time.

Last year thousands of people were left out-of-pocket because European banks were closed on May Day.

This year the May Day bank holiday on the Continent falls on a Friday while Monday is a bank holiday in Ireland.

A pan-European system of payments, of which Ireland is a member, began operations last year.

It allows for similar systems to make payments across countries but no payments can be made if there is a bank holiday in Europe.

It means companies who pay staff at the end of the week or on the first of the month will have to make payments a day early.

Banks have contacted employers to remind them to make arrangements to ensure staff are paid on time.

In many cases if people are not paid tomorrow, they will not receive their wages until Tuesday. 

The Department of Social Protection this evening said that all Social Welfare payments due  to be paid to bank accounts on Friday or Monday will be paid in advance tomorrow.

It said payments through An Post due on Friday will be as normal, with payments due on Monday brought forward to Friday.

It said: "The main payments affected are Pensions brought forward from their normal payment day of Friday and maternity benefit brought forward from its normal payment day of Monday."