Gender Pay Gap reporting first in a series examining issues affecting employers and employees

Shannon Chamber has initiated a seminar series in association with audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services specialists, Mazars, aimed at informing business owners, managing directors, chief financial officers, HR managers and directors, finance and payroll managers on issues affecting employment that they need to keep abreast of.

The series, aptly titled, ‘Thriving through change’ will commence on Thursday, 6 February with a review of the pending gender pay gap reporting requirement. This seminar will take place in Treacys Oakwood Hotel in Shannon, commencing with registration at 7.30am. The presentations by Sonya Boyce, director of Mazars Consulting, and Mairéad Divilly, partner, payroll outsourcing with Mazars will commence at 8am. Bank of Ireland will present a case study on gender pay gap reporting.

As Shannon Chamber CEO explains: “This is a very timely event given that the government plans to introduce legislation for mandatory gender pay gap reporting for business in early 2020, requiring employers to calculate and report on their gender pay information annually.

“Many lessons were learned from the UK experience where mandatory gender pay gap reporting was introduced in 2017. We are delighted to have the experts from Mazars at this breakfast briefing, where they will give an overview of the legislation, explain what is required from businesses to achieve compliance and share practical steps companies should take for gender pay reporting.

“They will also explain what the gender pay gap means, developments in gender pay gap reporting, how payroll and HR data can detect the gaps and how companies can create a plan to address and close the gaps. They will also advise on how the root causes of pay gaps can be determined to prevent future gaps emerging, give attendees some practical steps that companies should take for gender pay gap reporting and how the gender pay gap figure should be communicated with internal and external stakeholders.

“As this will become a very relevant issue for companies and is a topic of interest to member and non-member companies alike, entrance is free of charge. Bookings can be made via

The ‘Thriving through change’ series will continue on May 6 with a seminar addressing taxation issues relating to inbound employees to Ireland. A further seminar will be held in September; this will deal with employment tax management.