According to the most recent figures from the Central Statistics Office, the unadjusted gender pay gap (GPG) in Ireland is 14.4%, the most recent year for which official statistics are currently available. The GPG is defined as the difference between average gross hourly earnings of male and female employees as a percentage of male gross earnings.


Gender pay gap legislation is on its way in Ireland to deal with this disparity. The Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019 is back on the Government’s agenda and, if approved, would require employers with 250 or more workers to publish pay differences between female and male employees, including any bonuses. This will be expanded over time to apply to organisations with 50 or more employees.

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