Embargo: 00:01 a.m. Tuesday 29 November 2005.
By Helen Russell, Emer Smyth and Philip J. O’Connell (ESRI).
Published by the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform and the Economic and Social Research Institute.
Members of the Media are invited to attend the launch of the above report by Minister of State Frank Fahey on Tuesday 29 November, 2005 at Government Buildings, at 10.30 a.m.
A new study commissioned by the Equality Division of the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform and carried out by the ESRI shows that gender differences in pay and other rewards emerge among highly educated men and women just three years after graduation. The study draws on a new national representative survey of over 2000 recent graduates from third level institutions in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch, Frank Fahy, Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform said, “from the Department’s point of view, with its overall responsibility for gender equality, we will be looking at these findings and the broad range of other factors which impact on gender pay levels. I want Ireland to narrow that pay gap to become one of the best in Europe, rather than the EU average”.
Dr Helen Russell one of the authors of the report said, “This is a section of the labour force where we would least expect to find a gender pay gap. The study shows that the pay gap begins to open up very early in men and women’s careers and factors such as subject choice and early career integration play a role in this process”
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.