At Irish Distillers, we are committed to embedding and supporting a culture that drives diversity and inclusion in the workplace and gender diversity has been on our agenda for many years.
This is our second year to report on our Gender Pay Gap, under the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021. While we have more work to do, we are pleased to report positive progress in the last year with a 3% reduction in our gender pay gap in comparison to our 2022 figure. Our mean gender pay gap is 9.6% in favour of men and the median gender pay gap is 8.0% in favour of men.
The Gender Pay Gap measures the difference between what is earned on average by all men and women working in the organisation including female representation in senior roles and in our operational sites.
Therefore, a gap in gender pay does not mean that females are paid less than males for doing the same job, but it does show that, on average, males occupy higher paid roles than females.
We have identified that our gap is largely influenced by two key drivers. The first relates to underrepresentation of women in our operational sites where 24-hour working patterns attracts additional compensation. The second relates to the fact that we still have more male representation in senior management roles. While we have made progress in female representation at senior management roles over the past few years, we recognise that we have more to do in this area.
A recent independent review by Mercer has confirmed that there is no Gender Pay Equity Gap at Irish Distillers, meaning that employees who perform the same role, in the same location, with the same responsibilities, experience, competencies and skills are paid equally irrespective of their gender.
This year we were one of only 13 organisations in Ireland to be accredited with Investors in Diversity Gold by the Irish Centre for Diversity, recognising our commitment to being a fair, inclusive and equal employer. We have made great progress in some areas and will continue to evolve our offerings and policies in conjunction with best practice to make Irish Distillers a more inclusive and even better place to work.
Please click on the link below to download our full, in-depth report with detail of initiatives that we have put in place to address and close the gap.