Companies that have committed to supporting a diverse workforce have significantly more women in top positions than the industry average, but the same research shows that women workers are “disproportionately over-represented” in the lowest pay brackets.
A study of 50 mostly large companies that signed the Elevate pledge last year to improve inclusion and diversity in the workplace found that women hold 38 percent of positions with pay scales of €75,000 and above.
The companies include Bank of Ireland, Eir and Tesco and together have 120,000 Irish employees.
This is higher than the national average of 30 percent calculated by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The report was published by Business in the Community Ireland.
It precedes regulations due to come into force this year which will force all major employers to publish details of any pay gap between male and female employees on average.
In the next phase of the Elevate program, participating companies will also measure and disclose information on breakdowns by gender, age, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation in their workforces.
Data to date showed that the gender gap at entry level was 52 percent male and 48 percent female, although the report found that women were “disproportionately over-represented” in the lowest pay brackets of €26,000 and below.
At the other end of the scale, women held 30 percent of top jobs with salaries of €120,000 and more.
The exact proportion of women in middle-level management has not been disclosed, with Business in the Community noting that it has increased following the launch of new gender-biased initiatives by “most Elevate Pledge signatories.”
The study suggests that companies need to develop age-friendly workplaces to encourage ‘diversity of thought’.
Only 1 percent of respondents at the surveyed companies were 65 or older, while 84 percent of employees were between 26 and 65 years old.
The report said that while disclosure of data on gender and age was “very good,” other areas such as ethnicity and disability were at a less advanced stage.
Companies in Ireland are now planning to publish annual reports to assess the progress of the 50 companies.
Businesses in the Community Tomás Sercovich of Ireland said: “We no longer need to explain why diversity is good for business.
“The challenge ahead is to ensure and sustain true inclusion throughout society, starting with our workplaces. Diversity is not a matter of course. It is both about building a better society and making our companies more competitive for the future.
“Although the study is only representative of 50 companies with 120,000 employees, it points to good news regarding the increasing representation of women in management positions.
“This is a real shift that we hope will be replicated in the other areas that the Elevate report will capture in the years to come.”
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