118. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to introduce mandatory reporting by companies registered here of the gender pay gap in their companies as part of annual reporting requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48510/17]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to promote wage transparency by requiring companies of 50 or more employees to complete a wage survey.  Reflecting this, the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 contains an action to promote wage transparency by requiring companies of 50 or more employees to complete a wage survey periodically and report the results.
A public consultation on Measures to Tackle the Gender Pay Gap concluded on 4 October and an analysis of the submissions is under way. The issue, and in particular the role of wage surveys, will be considered at a symposium planned for 4 December.  I intend that a programme of actions on the gender pay gap will be developed, following the symposium and further consultation with stakeholders, to be undertaken in 2018.  As part of this, the details of the wage survey measure will be elaborated.