Dublin councils publish gender pay gap reports

by Rachel Cunningham
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County Councils across Dublin have published gender pay gap reports, highlighting the percentage difference between what men and women are paid on average in the organisations, irrespective of roles or levels.

Employers with more than 250 employees in Ireland are required to publish their gender pay gap data before the end of 2023 and within six months of their reference date. 

South Dublin County Council’s second report revealed that the average earnings of all females in South Dublin County Council is 9.92 per cent higher than the average earnings of all males in the organisation.

“Publishing our gender pay gap data helps to reinforce our focus on supporting an open and inclusive workplace at South Dublin County Council,” said Colm Ward, the Chief Executive.

“It is evidence of an organisation where all employees have the same opportunities for recognition, career development and are treated fairly and equitably at work. 

“We continue to be committed to addressing workplace barriers to equality and creating an open and inclusive workforce because of the clear benefits this brings to an organisation in terms of innovation and engagement in work.”

In Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, the County Council reported that, on average, females are paid 3.62 per cent more than males.

Dublin City Council’s report indicated a mean gender pay gap of 4.44 per cent and a median gender pay gap of 3.14 per cent.

This represents a slight reduction from 2022, where the mean gender pay gap was 4.83 per cent and our median gender pay gap was 5.65 per cent.

In Fingal County Council, the gender breakdown of staff is 53 per cent male and 47 per cent female. 

The council’s latest report showed a narrowing in the gender pay gap, the mean gender pay gap indicates that males are paid 1.65 per cent more than females, while the median gender pay gap shows that the median rate of pay for females is 9.31 per cent higher than the median rate of pay for males.

This marks an improvement on 2022, where the mean gender pay gap was 4.58 per cent and the median gender pay gap was 1.98 per cent. 

The ratio of males and females has also narrowed, as the number of males in 2022 was 55 per cent and the number of females 45 per cent.

“Six of the 11 members of our Executive Management Team are female, and we are committed to addressing workplace barriers to equality and creating an open and inclusive workplace community,” said Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly.   

“Many equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives and supports are already in place, and we will continue our work in this area.”

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