One-third of women in management roles in Ireland face workplace discrimination

One-third of women in management roles in Ireland face workplace discrimination

ONE in three women working in management roles in Ireland are more likely to face workplace discrimination than their male counterparts according to a new study.

The findings, conducted by Irish-American technology company Workhuman, suggest that gender inequality is very much still alive in Irish workspaces.

The results, based on the responses of over 3,000 people in Ireland, the UK, the US and Canada found that 50% of women say their managers have taken credit for their work, and that more than a quarter of women surveyed said they'd been discriminated against during their career.

30% of female responders said they'd suffered gender-related discrimination, 29% say they've experienced race-related discrimination, 9% say they've received discrimination based on their sexual preference, while over 50% say they've suffered age-related discrimination.

"The stark findings in this report show that Ireland, among other markets around the world, has a way to go before we can say there is gender equity in every workplace," said Niamh Graham, vice-president of global HR for Workhuman.

"This survey helps us understand the problems but also points to how we can improve workplace cultures. Employees want to work at organisations where they feel appreciated, recognised and do meaningful work.

"Embedding a positive culture of recognition, gratitude and allowing people to be themselves at work will help employees thrive and help employers improve relationships, retention of workers, and the organisation’s productivity."

The worst affected sectors, in terms of discrimination against women, are hospitality and IT. Half of all women surveyed said hiring and promotion decisions are based on gender and/or race in the IT sector, while 100% of women surveyed working in hospitality said the same.