A survey of companies that have committed to improving diversity and inclusion in their workplaces found higher levels of female participation at the executive and senior levels compared to the national average.
Business in the Community Ireland’s ‘Elevate Report’ found 38% female representation in senior executive positions, higher than the national average of 30%.
The study looked at nearly 120,000 workers employed by 50 companies that signed the Elevate Pledge last year.
The companies committed to making their workplaces more diverse and inclusive and agreed to begin the task of measuring and disclosing workforce data by gender, age, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
The report’s authors said disclosures on gender and age were “very good,” while other areas such as ethnicity and disability were at a less advanced stage, a position they believe will change as companies become more familiar. with the process and create a culture that will enable employees to embrace voluntary disclosures, a current key barrier in diversity measurement.
Most of the Elevate Pledge signatories have introduced gender-specific initiatives in an attempt to create a better balance.
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According to the report, gender-level workforce entry points at 52% of men and 48% of women were as expected, but women outperformed the national average at executive and senior levels compared to women. national CSO statistics.
The study found that women occupy the highest earning 30% of jobs (€120,000 and above) and are also disproportionately over-represented in the lowest pay brackets (less than €26,000).
The report also points to the need for companies to develop age-friendly workplaces.
Only 1% of the 120,000 employees in the study were age 65 or older, and 84% were between the ages of 26 and 65.
This is the first ‘Elevate Report’ and it is hoped that successive annual reports in the coming years will be able to compare progress on inclusion and diversity.
“While the study is representative of just 50 companies involving 120,000 employees, it points to good news in the growing representation of women in senior management,” said Tomás Sercovich, chief executive of Business in the Community Ireland.
“This is a real change and we hope it will be replicated in other areas that the Elevate report will capture in the coming years,” he added.