A new report published today shows that Ireland has ranked fifth out of 145 countries in terms of closing the gender gap.

Research from the World Economic Forum shows that, globally, women’s pay is behind that of men and that women are now being paid what men were paid in 2006 when the Global Gender Gap Report was first published.

Ireland ranked the highest-placed non-Nordic country in the list, behind Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Britain ranked 18 out of 145 in terms of the provision of equal pay to women, with Germany at 11, France at 15 and the United States at 28.

Ireland’s move to fifth place sees it climb three places since 2014 when it was ranked 8th out of 142 countries, having slipped from sixth place in 2013 and fifth in 2012.

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