Women 'more likely to receive pay rise than men'
IRISH women are less likely than men to ask for a pay rise – but are more likely to get one when they do, according to new research revealed to mark International Women's Day today.
Statistics show that job satisfaction levels among women in this country are down on last year, in contrast with an almost identical rise in satisfaction among men.
Some 74pc of Irish women, as against 68pc of men, feel they are "successful or very successful" in their career right now, while 46pc of women are satisfied in their current job situation in comparison to 38pc of men, according to global research published by Accenture.
The report, Career Capital, highlights a decline in job satisfaction among women in the last year, compared with an improvement for men (down 6pc for women, up 6pc for men).
More women than men say they have taken on more responsibility in order to further their career.
Among friends and family, 60pc of women talk about workload when discussing their careers – whereas 54pc of men talk salary.
And while fewer women asked for pay raises – 40pc of women, against 58pc of men – a staggering 70pc of those women who did ask were successful.
However, 10pc fewer women asked for a pay rise last year than in the previous 12 months.
Paula Neary, client director and accent on women lead at Accenture Ireland, believes the drop in job satisfaction levels is "highly likely" to be because despite putting more work in, women are failing to "knock on the door" and demand their true financial worth, and so feel more dispirited.
She said the study paints a picture of Irish women who are more confident and committed to their careers, who want to do well and feel good about their contribution to the workplace.
However, she said, the study points to the fact that women are not good at pushing themselves forward on pay rises.
In many cases, this can be because they feel bad about asking for a pay rise when they might have juggled their work hours to work around their family lives, she revealed.
Ms Neary argued that women's performance should be measured on their value to the company and their output and not on "whether or not they work a four-day week".
"Women may be contributing more than somebody who works traditional hours," said Ms Neary.
Meanwhile, she said, employers can be blinded by the fact that women are working flexible hours and feel they should be satisfied with that, rather than measuring them on their true input, she added.
"Job satisfaction is linked to pay, so women end up being frustrated," she said.
"The positive message out of this is that women have the skills. So we need to build on our skills and know our worth."