Ireland has one of the lowest pay gaps for female managers

The figures are to mark International Women's Day

Ireland has one of the lowest pay gaps for female managers

In this file photo, fans stand behind a large sign for equal pay for the women's soccer team during an international friendly soccer in the US | Image: Jessica Hill/AP/Press Association Images

Just over two out of every five managers in Ireland is a woman.

This makes Ireland one of the better performers in the European Union, where Ireland ranks fourth-highest for women in managerial positions.

Eurostat figures show that 43% of managers in Irish workplaces are women - ahead of France, Sweden, the UK and Spain.

The largest share of women among managerial positions is recorded in Latvia, the only member state where women are a majority (53%) in this occupation.

It is followed by Bulgaria and Poland (both 44%), Ireland (43%), Estonia (42%), Lithuania, Hungary and Romania (all 41%) - as well as France and Sweden (both 40%).

At the opposite end of the scale, women account for less than one-quarter of managers in Germany, Italy and Cyprus (all 22%), Belgium and Austria (both 23%) as well as Luxembourg (24%).


Source: Eurostat 

On the gender pay gap for managers, a female manager in Ireland earns almost 16% less than her male counterpart.

This compares against the neighbouring UK, where this gap is over 25%.

Ireland's managerial gender pay gap is the fifth lowest in the EU.

The gender pay gap is narrowest in Romania (5%), ahead of Slovenia (12.4%), Belgium (13.6%) and Bulgaria (15.0%).

In contrast, a female manager earns about one-third less than her male counterpart in Hungary (33.7%), Italy (33.5%) and the Czech Republic (29.7%).

While women earn about one-quarter less in Slovakia (28.3%), Poland (27.7%), Austria (26.9%), Germany (26.8%), Portugal (25.9%), Estonia (25.6%) and the United Kingdom (25.1%).

Source: Eurostat 

In the EU as a whole, women in managerial positions earn 23.4% less on average than men - meaning that female managers earn on average 77 cents for every euro a male manager makes per hour.

These figures come from an earnings survey published to mark International Women's Day on March 8th.

The gender pay gap is linked to a number of legal, social and economic factors beyond the single issue of equal pay for equal work.

It covers managerial positions in enterprises with 10 employees or more in the sectors of industry, construction and services.

It is calculated as the weighted mean of the gender pay gaps in EU member states, where the numbers of managers in member states are the weights.