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Ryanair needs to address 67% gender pay gap - Imelda Munster TD

4 April, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport, Imelda Munster TD, has today expressed concerns about the significant gender pay gap at Ryanair.

The company today disclosed that there is a 67% pay gap between male and female employees at the company.

The airline has revealed that only 8 female pilots are employed by the company in Britain, which is equivalent to 1.4% of all pilots.

It also revealed that 69% of all cabin crew, or 405 workers in Britain, are women.

Deputy Munster said:

“These figures are shocking. Ryanair needs to explain why only eight women are working as pilots for the company in Britain.

"It is not good enough for them to say that more men choose to enter the profession. The airline needs to address this anomaly by incentivising women to enter training programmes for pilots.

“The fact that over two thirds of cabin crew are women is telling, given that this work is low paid, and there have been issues raised by cabin crew regarding work practices at the company in recent years.

“I understand that the senior management board of the company, based in Ireland, includes no women at all.

“The figures released today show that the median hourly pay rate at Ryanair is a 71.8% higher for male employees than it is for women employees.

“Ryanair needs to take a proactive approach to recruiting women in higher paid jobs, and needs to address how pilots are treated at the company to address the high turnover of staff at Ryanair, especially given the mass cancellation of flights by the company last year due to short-staffing and poor retention of pilots.

“Ryanair is a highly profitable company that is choosing not to invest in its staff. I hope that the figures released today are a wake-up call to Ryanair and that they will address this matter going forward.”

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