5th July 2021 | Equality, Press Releases

Gender pay gap details to be published in Ireland for the first time

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The Gender Pay Gap Information Bill has today, July 5th, passed through all stages in the Seanad and is now due for a final vote in Dáil Éireann on Wednesday July 7th.

The Bill will require organisations to report on pay differences between female and male employees, including bonuses. The requirement will initially apply to organisations with 250 or more employees but will extend over time to organisations with 50 or more employees. Green Party Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D. has spearheaded the progression of the Bill that was originally published in 2019 but lapsed with the dissolution of the last Dáil.

Welcoming the passage of the Bill in the Seanad, Minister Roderic O’Gorman said;

“The Gender Pay Gap Information Bill will require employers to publish details of their gender pay gap, providing accountability and transparency for employees. Once enacted, this legislation will bring us a step closer to achieving a more equal society for everyone.

“In Government, the Green Party is taking real, substantial action to progress gender equality in Ireland, and so I am delighted to see the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill progress through the Seanad today.”

Commenting on the legislation, Cllr. Claire Byrne said;

“This is a real opportunity to challenge what has been decades of inequality across the Irish workforce. The most recent available figures show that the gender pay gap in Ireland is over 14%. We need to gain an accurate understanding of the gender pay gap to help address the root causes of the pay disparity between men and women.

“While we still have a long way to go, this Bill reflects a positive step forward in gender parity. If I am elected in this week’s Dublin Bay South byelection I will be working with my colleague Minister O’Gorman to drive further reforms to ensure an equal Ireland for every woman.”