Thursday 27 June 2019

Three-quarters in highest pay bracket are men

RTÉ sources say they believe while the gap in some categories has closed, the discrepancy remains particular large in the higher brackets. Stock Image
RTÉ sources say they believe while the gap in some categories has closed, the discrepancy remains particular large in the higher brackets. Stock Image

Niall O'Connor

Less than a quarter of the highest-paid staff at RTÉ are women, according to the last gender-balance breakdown provided by the national broadcaster.

The figures for the year ending 2012 show that there were fewer women in the four highest earning brackets at Montrose.

Of the 81 staff who earned more than €100,000, just 19 were women, according to the figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The figures showed that there were more women than men in the lower-paid positions at the station.

RTÉ last night declined to provide more recent figures, with a spokesperson telling the Irish Independent that this information will be available in due course.

Labour Party senator Ivana Bacik criticised the delay, saying the figures should be made available immediately.

As a publicly funded body, RTÉ has an obligation to be fully transparent on these matters, and to put plans in place to rectify any gender pay gap that is revealed.

But if the new figures are in line with the 2012 figures, they will paint clear discrepancies in terms of gender pay.

The figures detailing up to December 31, 2012, relate to employees at RTÉ, rather than contractors such as Miriam O'Callaghan and Marian Finucane - the highest-earning female presenters at the station.

The figures show that of the 1,858 employees at the station, 981 were men and 877 were women.

The almost 50-50 split was not, however, replicated when salaries are taken into account.

For example, 22 staff were paid over €150,000 - but just six of these were women, compared 16 men.

Men paid between €80,000 and €100,000 outnumbered women 77 to 46.

And there were 258 men on €60,000 to €80,000, compared to 154 women.

But the gender balance was flipped in the lower pay brackets at the station.

Women earning between €40,000 and €60,000 totalled 439. This compared to 417 men who fell into the same category.

And men were outnumbered 219 to 168 among those paid less than €40,000.

RTÉ sources say they believe while the gap in some categories has closed, the discrepancy remains particular large in the higher brackets.

Irish Independent

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