Gender Pay Gap

Gender Pay Gap Ireland – What Employers Need To Know

What Employers Need To Know

What is the Gender Pay Gap?

The Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021 (the Act) is one of a series of measures announced in the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 and was signed into Irish law on 13 July 2021. The legislation seeks to redress the imbalance between the average earnings of men and women. It will mandate organisations to report on the pay differences between female and male employees. It will apply to the private as well as the public sector and it is expected to improve the trajectory of Irish-based companies’ diversity and inclusion strategies.

As part of the legislation employers will be required to provide an explanation for the reasons for any gender pay gaps as well as outline measures being taken to address any gender pay gaps.

What Employers Will Need To Do

Under the Gender Pay Gap Information Act, employers are required to publish the following data on their workforce:

  • The mean and median gap in hourly pay between men and women
  • The mean and median gap in bonus pay between men and women
  • The mean and median gap in hourly pay of part time male and female employees
  • The percentage of men and of women who received bonus pay and,
  • The percentage of men and of women who received benefit in kinds

Gender Pay Gap Timeline

The reporting process is set to begin in 2022 and will will apply to employers with 250 or more employees. This threshold will be lowered to 150 employees or more within two years, before being further reduced to include employers with 50 or employees the following year.

Number of Employees

Publication Obligation

250 +

One to Two years from date of Regulation

150 – 249

Two Years from date of Regulations

50 – 149

Three Years from date of Regulations

Under 49

Exempt

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