New research from the European Commission has found that Irish women are more likely to work part-time, earn less money and are inadequately represented in business when compared with men.
In some cases, the Commission found that women suffer direct discrimination where they’re simply treated less favourably than men. Or they may be treated unfairly due to a policy or practice that’s not designed to discriminate, but still results in unequal treatment.
The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) say that while people management schemes, such as Excellence Through People (ETP) have helped to tackle workplace inequality in recent years, women often still find themselves lagging behind when it comes to equal opportunities and income.
Commenting on the research, Head of Excellence Through People, Michelle Browne said, "There’s little doubt that Irish women have more rights than previous generations, but gender equality has yet to be achieved in many areas. More often than not, women find themselves at a disadvantage professionally due to unfair workplace practices or preconceptions, and this can lead to them being overlooked."