There is no way around it: Money is an important resource.
Ireland’s gender pay gap is an accumulation of social norms, employment law and family planning. All three have a significant influence on individuals in employment, and the roles and responsibilities of employers.
=> HOW DID IRELAND ARRIVED AT 20% DISPARITY IN THE ECONOMIC POWER AMONGST ORDINARY WORKERS?
“What gets measured gets managed”, (V. F. Ridgway). For Ireland’s labour force, what proportion of those in managerial positions are women? The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, gender empowerment, has two indicators for leadership in economic life, the first for team leadership/management overall, and the second for senior and middle management.
=> LEARN ABOUT THE GENDER MIX IN MANAGERIAL POSITIONS
€12,035 – the Gender Pay Gap in Irish Tech, 2022
€10,000 – the Gender Pay Gap in #IrishTech, 2018
Approximately 16,000 information and communications firms employ 119,000 people in Ireland (CSO, 2019). And of course, many firms in other sectors also have IT operations staff supporting the business. After manufacturing, the ICT sector generates the highest value added.
This is a profitable and wealthy sector with huge international players such as Apple and Microsoft as well as many smaller firms. 15% of employees earned over €1,600 weekly in 2014 (CSO), the highest percentage of any sector (the dark green bars). This sector also has less people on lower wages than other sections such as accommodation and food services.(the grey bars).
=> LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GENDER IMBALANCE IN IRELAND’s TECH SECTOR
343 million Europeans have a woman’s signature on their official currency, the Euro €. While Christine Lagarde, as President of the European Central Bank, may inspire us to get more comfortable talking about money, “61% of women would rather talk about their own death…..” Sallie Krawcheck.
=> GET MORE COMFORTABLE WITH MONEY & MONEY TALK
Probably the most important phrase to add to your repertoire. This expression gives you time to think and make a considered decision.
=> REVIEW PHRASES TO USE IN YOUR WORKPLACE NEGOTIATIONS
- I’d like some time to think about it. Can I get back to you on Monday?
- Collectively working women earned less than working men (the “unadjusted gender pay gap”). On average in 2019, an Irish woman earned €2879 every month, while the average man earned €3885.
- Collectively working women earned 26% less than men or € 12,072 annually in 2019.
Can you unpick the causes versus the effects of Ireland’s gender gaps?
=> LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAUSES OF IRELAND’s GENDER PAY GAP
#ChooseToChallenge – International Women’s Day 2021
How to support colleagues who are being silenced verbally at work.
Each of us is responsible for our own thoughts and actions. It may not be easy, but we can ‘choose to challenge’ conversational inequality. Prepare a phrase to avoid brain freeze when faced with conversational inequalities.
=> FIND YOUR PREFERRED PHRASE
“Tell me what you want, what you really really want …“
The wonderful lyrics of the Spice Girls 1996 (yes, it’s that long ago) hit song. Sometimes knowing what we really want is a complex mix of work and life priorities, each challenging the other for pole position. And that’s just the items that are in our awareness.
=> EXPLORE INSPIRATION & TOOLS TO UNCOVER WHAT YOU REALLY WANT