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What do employers need to know about gender pay reporting in Ireland?

Written by
Lewis Silkin, widely recognised as Ireland’s leading specialist employment law practice
Ireland
01.03.21
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There is no specific reporting obligation in relation to gender pay differences in Ireland.

Proposals in the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019 published on 4 April 2019 would introduce gender pay gap reporting in Ireland. 

If implemented, employers in both the private and public sectors will be obliged to report on their gender pay gap and publish information relating to it. Initially, the Bill will apply only to organisations with 250 employees or more, with the threshold eventually reducing to 50 employees or more over a three-year period. The Bill will not apply at all to employers with fewer than 50 employees. 

The gender pay gap information proposed to be published under the Bill includes: 

  • 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; 
  • the percentage of men and of women who received benefits in kind. 

 

At the time of writing, the implementation timetable for the introduction of gender pay gap reporting in Ireland remains unclear.