We deserve more.
When we hear the term 'gender pay gap', we're forgiven for thinking it's an American ideology; something so far-fetched it couldn't possibly affect us here in Ireland – right?
That couldn't be further from the truth. In modern-day Ireland, women on average are still paid less than men for the same work.
According to IBEC, the gender pay gap is the "difference in the average hourly wage of men and women across a workforce."
This compares the pay given to all working men and women; "not just those in similar jobs, with similar working pattern or with similar competencies, qualifications or experience."
"The results were shocking but not surprising."
The Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021 came into effect in May last year and ensured that organisations with over 250 employees must conduct gender pay disparity reports. This meant that the public could see how big or small the pay gap is in specific companies.
With many corporations and civil service organisations now having to publish this issue for all to see, the results were shocking but not surprising.
In December 2022, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform published the Gender Pay Gap Report 2022.
According to this report, on average, men are paid 5.71% higher than women. As for the median, it was found that women are paid 2% higher than men. This gap arises as a result of the number of men currently occupying senior roles.
PwC Ireland published their latest gender pay gap report in 2022 and revealed there was an average gender pay gap of less than 1% (0.9%). In 2019, this was at 5.7% between male and female pay.