Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

08.25 15 Jul 2019


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PwC Ireland has revealed details of its gender pay gap.

The firm says there's an overall 5.7% gender pay gap, as well as an 11.8% overall gender bonus gap.

The pay gap compares to a nationwide figure of 13.9% reported by Eurostat.

In their analysis of the figures, the company says its gender pay gap is largely the result of more men being in senior roles.

According to PwC, they have "strong female representation at 54% firmwide" - but the figure reduces somewhat at very senior levels.

The Government plans to introduce legislation which will make it mandatory for businesses to publish the extent of their pay gap.

However, PwC managing partner Fergal O'Rourke says businesses should reveal the figure now - suggesting it's the right thing to do.

Speaking on Breakfast Business this morning, Mr O'Rourke explained their figures are a reflection of what the balance between the genders is like a senior level.

He noted: "In effect, there's a 5.7% greater representation.

"In our core areas like audit and tax and strategy, it's almost [equal]... in fact, in some cases, there's proportionally more women than men in senior leadership.

"What we find, similar to society as a whole, is in the STEM spaces, the technology spaces, we found it's more difficult to get women in senior positions in technology advisory areas."

Mr O'Rourke said the first question that came up when discussing the issue was staff is how the firm is going to address the gap.

He explained: "There's some things you do to make sure you cut out the unconscious elements of this - for example, everybody doing our interviewing in PwC must do unconscious bias training to try to eliminate the unconscious biases we all have."

The company also says it's working on developing talent to ensure they have a "gender balanced and inclusive mix of talent".

Main image: File photo of the headquarters of PwC in Dublin. Photo: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

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