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Gender pay gap in Ireland has widened over last five years

The pay gap between men and women in Ireland is 6.5 percentage points wider than it was in 2012, according to new figures.

The divide narrowed slightly between 2014 and 2015 but Ireland continues to hold a ranking of 25th place on an international league table of overall female economic empowerment.

A report published on Tuesday found that in 2015 Ireland had a 14.8 per cent difference in median pay between men and women.

That figure has declined steadily from 19.7 per cent in 2000. However, statistics show it hit a low of 8.3 per cent in 2012 before rising to 15.2 per cent in 2014.

The current Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average, according to latest available figures for 2015, is 16 per cent even in situations where women are more qualified.

The data, which focuses on female workforce participation, and particularly how their roles and remunerations compare to male counterparts, has been published by PwC.

In the UK, which had an overall pay disparity of 16.9 per cent in 2015, Northern Ireland had the smallest difference on a regional basis (6 per cent).