Carol Andrews and Aongus Hegarty: More women are business leaders, but we still have a way to go

The latest CSO Gender Balance in Business Survey shows progress in getting more females into senior roles, but no grounds for complacency

Carol Andrews and Aongus Hegarty, co-chairs, Balance for Better Business (B4BB), aim  to advance B4BB’s mission of promoting gender equality and balance in the workplace at board and senior leadership levels. Picture: Maxwells

New data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on women in leadership positions shines a spotlight on the progress we have made in recent years, but also underscores the journey we have to continue on in order to achieve true parity in leadership roles.

Carried out every two years, the CSO Gender Balance in Business Survey this year highlighted the fact that Irish businesses continue to increase female representation at both senior executive and board level. The overall number of female senior executives has increased slightly to 30.4 per cent, from 29.7 per cent in 2021.