On International Women’s Day, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has announced details of the introduction of gender pay gap reporting in Ireland.
The Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021 has introduced the legislative basis for gender pay gap reporting and regulations under the Act will be published in the coming weeks. The regulations will require organisations with over 250 employees to report on their gender pay gap in 2022.
Employers will choose a ‘snapshot’ date of their employees in June 2022 and will report on the hourly gender pay gap for those employees on the same date in December 2022.
The information employers will be asked to include in their report:
- The mean and median hourly wage gap, the former reflecting the entire pay range in an organisation and the latter excluding the impact of unusually high earners.
- Data on bonus pay.
- The mean and median pay gaps for part-time employees and for employees on temporary contracts.
- The proportions of male and female employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.
Employers are also required to publish a statement setting out, in the employers’ opinion, the reasons for the gender pay gap in their company and what measures are being taken or proposed to be taken by the employer to eliminate or reduce that pay gap.
Minister O’Gorman said:
“When it comes to participation in the labour market, women face far greater obstacles than men. Persisting gender stereotypes, the glass ceiling preventing women from senior positions, and the fact that women take on a much larger share of family caring responsibilities and unpaid work in the home, are all contributing factors to a significant pay disparity between women and men in Ireland.
“Advancing women’s rights and equality is a priority for this Government, and taking real and effective action to end pay inequality for women must be key to that. The Gender Pay Gap Act requires employers to not only report on the gender pay gap in their organisation, but also places on obligation on employers to provide details of measures being taken to reduce that gap.
“This reporting requirement will help to ensure pay transparency exists in organisations, and will play an important role in achieving gender equality in the workplace.”