Today Is Equal Pay Day – Here's How An Post Is Reducing Its Pay Gap

An Post has launched its first Gender Pay Gap Report 2019 and Action Plan in Dublin's GPO as part of its transformative gender equality journey.

The report shows that An Post’s gender pay gap is currently 3.71% compared to 13.9% nationally – something they're keen to narrow in 2020. 

"By publishing this report now, we are publicly committing to full gender equality," Aoife Beirne, Chief of Staff, An Post said.

"Over the last three years, we recognised the need for a more inclusive workplace, one that is sustainable into the future and to closing the gender pay gap. Our journey is underway and by working with our colleagues and our Unions, we are committed to a fully diverse and inclusive workplace."

The report and subsequent plan highlight how An Post is changing from an old world of mail and cash to a new world of e-commerce and financial services with the mission to improve the lives of everyone across Ireland, including its employees, now for generations to come.

Globally, the gender pay gap sits around the 20% mark. In the UK, it's slightly better at 17.9%, better again in the EU at 16% better still and 13.9% in Ireland.

An Post began a major transformation in 2017 with equality, transparency and fairness as guiding principles.

Over the last three years, the institution has:

  • Implemented an initial action plan company-wide
  • Taken the first steps towards reducing the Gender Pay Gap
  • Transformed from an all-male to a 50/50 gender-balanced Management Board
  • Reconstituted the Diversity Sub Committee of the Joint Conciliation Council where diversity issues are discussed with Unions
  • Appointed a Diversity & Inclusion Manager and Talent & Resourcing Manager
  • Recruited 50% male and 50% female candidates to the An Post Graduate Programme
  • Completed extensive conscious/unconscious bias awareness training for Senior Management
  • Mentored and supported talent in the organisation
  • Sponsored the Irish Management Institute 30% Club Cross-Company Mentoring Programme
  • Promoted work-life harmony with a range of programmes agreed with An Post Unions such as term-time working, work sharing, options to work part-time, enhanced parental leave arrangements, flexi-time and career break options.

The report also detailed where improvements could be made.

This includes a better gender balance at management level, improving the overall workforce gender balance (currently 75% male 25% female), creating an inclusive workplace environment for all employees and helping people find opportunities to progress within the business. 

“An Post has always been about more than business," David McRedmond, CEO, An Post said.

"As we transform An Post, we are driven by our commitment to our Sustainable Development Goals, including that of ‘Decent Work’. We want to be a leader in gender equality and as Ireland changes so must An Post to become an exemplar for equal opportunity.

"We are starting the conversation internally and externally.  We are eliminating bias in our communication and we are implementing an action plan company-wide. These are exciting times at An Post.”

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