This Working Life: Why everyone benefits from closing the gender pay gap

Irish companies will soon be required to publish data on their gender pay gap – and that’s a hugely positive development

‘The more diverse voices you can bring into your organisation, the more successful your business will be.’ Picture: Getty

The gender pay gap has been reduced by 19 per cent in Britain since mandatory reporting was introduced there in 2017.

At first, many businesses felt exposed and vulnerable to the level of transparency required. It’s clear to see why: the threat of bad press, reputational damage and losing customers and staff looms over businesses who fail to address the inequality.

But everyone benefits when the gender pay gap is minimised. Companies experience higher productivity, ...