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MALE accountants in Ireland are paid almost €20,000 more than their female counterparts, according to new research.

Accountancy recruiter Marks Sattin found that the average salary for a male accountant in Ireland is €67,757, compared with average female pay of €48,376.

This gap of €19,381 has increased by €2,610 in the space of just a year, as women's pay rises in 2013 (3.1pc of their salary) reached just half of those achieved by men (6.4pc).

"The widening pay gap is pretty gloomy news for the accountancy profession as a whole," said Dan McKeown, associate director at Marks Sattin.

"It suggests that women aren't receiving promotions at the same rate as men and are not entering the higher paying sectors. It is vital to address why and when this disparity starts to prevent the financial services sector profession from losing out on potential top talent."


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