| 7.2°C Dublin

gender disparity RTÉ staff demand answers over 'depressing' gender pay gap

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are writing to management seeking data on median earnings for male and female staff following a meeting yesterday.

Close

The RTE headquarters at Donnybrook in Dublin (PA)

The RTE headquarters at Donnybrook in Dublin (PA)

The RTE headquarters at Donnybrook in Dublin (PA)

RTÉ broadcasters have demanded comprehensive details of its gender pay gap after claiming new figures paint a "depressing picture" and show that a "glass ceiling persists".

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are writing to management seeking data on median earnings for male and female staff following a meeting yesterday.

It came after staff representatives said figures obtained in a Freedom of Information request showed a significant pay gap going "right up the scale".

A message to its members invited them to a meeting to discuss the latest pay data on International Women's Day.

It said one in five women at RTÉ earns less than €40,000, compared to almost one in 10 men.

In addition, 63pc of women earn less than €60,000 compared to 46pc of men, according to the figures released, which date from 2019.

Of those earning between €100,000 and €150,000 a year, it said 68pc are male and 32pc are females.

"This reflects the fact that management positions in RTÉ continue to be male dominated and that the problem of a 'glass ceiling' persists," it said.

The message said that more than three years ago RTÉ commissioned a report by mediator Kieran Mulvey on the gender pay gap, following a revelation of data in 2016.

"The 2019 data shows that little has changed," it said.

"It's a depressing picture. While the position of women improved in some pay brackets, in others it remains the same or has got worse."

RTÉ education correspondent Emma O'Kelly said staff want more comprehensive data.

"We've only got the most basic of data, and that clearly shows us there's a gender disparity when it comes to pay in RTÉ," she said.


Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Sunday World


Privacy