Men now being paid 13pc more than women
MEN are now earning almost 13pc more than women.
The gap between male and female wages had been decreasing, and in 2007 hit a record low of just under 10.7pc.
But wage inequality began to grow after that and stood at 12.8pc two years later, according to the latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures, calculated in October 2009.
In that year, men's average hourly pay was €23.63 compared to €20.61 an hour for women.
The gap is due to the fact that a greater proportion of women work in sectors that are not as highly paid, and more women may be working part time.
The CSO's National Employment Survey also shows that education workers were the highest paid employees in the country two years ago.
Those working in education earned an hourly average of €34.55 in 2009.
They are still the highest earners but the gap between their pay and other workers' wages has since narrowed. This is mainly due to the public sector pension levy and pay cuts.
Workers in the food services sector were among the lowest paid in 2009.