I woke this morning to read about the welcomed approval by the Cabinet of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill. 

Under this new Bill, not only will private sector businesses be required to disclose specification information, it will also apply to the public sector. It seems the initial intention of the Bill is to target larger organisations who employ 250 or more employees, and in time this minimum threshold will ultimately be reduced to target employers who employ 50 or more.

Not only does the Bill propose to consider salaries, it will also include employees on an hourly wage as well as considering additional benefits such as bonuses and benefits in kind. 

We will have to wait and see if this Bill actually gains the momentum that it desperately needs to. In any event, at least Irish employers can look to their UK colleagues to see how they managed and adjusted their practices on practical basis to ensure they were in line with UK gender reporting requirements.