Gender Pay Gap Information Bill, 2019

CIPD Ireland's submission to Government and the Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality on the Gender Pay Information Bill, 2019

CIPD Ireland welcomes the Gender Pay Information Bill, 2019, which will require certain employers to publish information relating to the Gender Pay Gap (GPG) among their employees and, where there is a gap, the measures being taken to eliminate or reduce it.

CIPD Ireland carries out annual research on HR, pay and employment practices in Ireland. Our 2019 research addressed gender pay gap reporting. We summarise this data and insights, and our engagement with HR professionals in Ireland, who in the main will hold responsibility for the implementation of gender pay gap reporting and action, to make a submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality.

CIPD Ireland published, in March and May 2019, the results of two separate surveys, both of which included questions of the HR community (not just our membership) on gender pay gap reporting. Below we provide the key results of the two surveys and commentary/risks associated with the legislation. As a UK headquartered organisation, we also draw on our UK expertise on the roll out of GPG reporting in the UK.

Pay and employment practices 2019 - CIPD/IRN Private sector survey, March 2019

In March the annual Pay and Employment Practices Survey carried out by CIPD Ireland and IRN (Industrial Relations News) was published, with over 500 respondents. This covered a small number of questions on the gender pay gap. This survey is specifically a private sector survey and not many organisations reported calculating or taking action to better manage their gender pay gap. In this survey, only 21% of respondents agreed that they calculated their gender pay gap, meaning that the majority were ignorant as to the scale of the problem, (though CIPD’s HR Practices in Ireland 2019 survey later reported a figure of 30%).

When all respondents in the Pay and Employment Practices Survey 2019 were asked about whether they have a gender pay gap, only 27% responded that they had one. With a gender pay gap in Ireland at a relatively static 14%, and evidence of it across a range of sectors, this indicates the current lack of information and insight at company level on gender pay gap analysis, and the high level of awareness raising that is needed, particularly at a senior leadership level. It is likely that confusion exists in relation to the gender pay gap and equal pay, and a clear education programme is needed.

Read the full submission in the download below.