Monday 5 December 2016

'I work on two shows that bring in massive revenue for RTE' - Kathryn Thomas says gender pay gap needs to be addressed

Published 16/05/2016 | 09:23

Kathryn Thomas on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Kathryn Thomas on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien

Kathryn Thomas has said that the gender pay gap needs to be addressed in Ireland and beyond.

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In the annual list of top ten earners from RTE just two women feature - Miriam O'Callaghan and Marian Finucane.

Kathryn (37) does not feature despite fronting two of the broadcaster's biggest entertainment shows - Operation Transformation and The Voice of Ireland.

“I am kind of mixed about that because I am very aware . . . you have got to look at all the different factors that go into that [list],” she told the Sunday Independent Life magazine.

“Without doubt, there is a gender inequality and we all know there is a gender pay gap. It is a very real thing that needs to be addressed and there needs to be focus on it.”

However, Kathryn explained that her absence from the list may be due to the fact that her shows run from September to May rather than throughout the entire year like, for example, Ryan Tubridy and Sean O'Rourke.

She added, “I work on two shows that bring in massive revenue for RTE so look, you know, I think the gender pay gap needs to be addressed.

"Do I have a very good relationship with RTE? Yes. Have I been working constantly since 19 for a reason? Yes. That is my talent. It is also how I manage my relationships, I think, and, more importantly, my work ethic.”

Given her shows have been growing figures in a tough industry, she feels she's more confident to state what she believes she is worth these days.

“At the same time, I also get the position that RTE are in. And it does come down to hours as well," she said.

"And I do have to say Operation Transformation is a seven-day week, and you literally start that in January and you do not come up for air until the other end.”

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