A new study has revealed that 50% of women and 35% of men have experienced discrimination in the workplace ranging from sexual harassment to pay inequality, and gender stereotyping to having to tolerate sexist jokes and comments.
Matrix Recruitment’s Workplace Equality Survey of more than 1,000 adults also found that one in four (25%) workers in Ireland know of a colleague of the opposite sex, but in the same role and with the same level of responsibility, receiving a higher salary.
Some of the findings of the study include
– 56% say that gender quotas do not solve the problem of inequality at work
– Men (12%) and women (21%) experiencing sexual harassment
– Gender quotas will never be achieved, says 17%
– People without children discriminated against and expected to work late
“When it comes to equality in the workplace, we still have a long way to go in Ireland,” said Kieran McKeown, MD of Matrix Recruitment. “In our experience things are changing and impending legislation will help. However, the perception, which for many is a reality, is that inequality and discrimination, particularly against women and older people, is pervasive, according to our research findings.”
The Matrix Workplace Equality Survey was conducted online in October 2018 among 1,019 people (60% female, 40% male) working across a broad range of industries and sectors.