Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality Fiona O’Loughlin has said the fact that a gender pay gap still exists proves that further policy and legislative measures are needed to ensure all men and women receive equal pay for equal work.

Deputy O’Loughlin made the comments following the publication of a new report which shows that the pay gap between men and women is 6.5% greater than it was in 2012.

“The latest figures available are worrying and show that the gender pay gap in Ireland is growing. It’s deeply disturbing that as women progress in their careers, and gain experience, their earning power drops to such a level that after 15 years, they earn 28% less than their male counterparts.

“Great strides have been made to secure economic independence for women in Ireland in recent decades. Bold and progressive policy changes were needed to achieve this. The same approach needs to be taken to address the gender pay gap. It’s inexcusable that people are paid different rates of pay simply because of their gender. We wouldn’t accept this on any other basis, and we must do everything to overcome this problem.

“If two people are doing the same job with the same level of experience then they should be on the same salary,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.