The gender balancing act

The gender balancing act
Catherine Smith McKiernan, Head of HR consulting, Adare Human Resource Management

The average gender pay gap is about 14 per cent in Ireland, but an even larger gender balance gap lurks at leadership levels in organisations that has yet to be addressed, writes Siobhán Maguire

‘The average gender pay gap is about 14 per cent in Ireland but that’s just an average, and we know definitively there’s a much larger gender-based gap at the leadership level in many organisations. What we’re really saying is that the gender pay gap gives us a proxy for a general gender imbalance within organisations. We know from reports in the area that this imbalance is not good for business as it limits diversity in thinking and in the way that decisions are made. Research compiled by the management consulting firm McKinsey, found that when more varied diverse decision-making happens, when there’s better balance, you’re more likely to get an uplift in profit and performance.”

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