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Date Last Updated: 11-09-2023

Survey Name:

Gender Balance in Business Survey

Survey purpose:

To provide benchmark statistics on gender representation in Senior Executive teams and Boards of Directors. The survey is supported by the Balance for Better Business (B4BB) initiative launched by the Government in the summer of 2018.

Legislative Basis National:

Statistics (Gender Balance in Business) Order 2023 (S.I. No. 187/2023)

Legislative Basis European:

Not applicable



Statistical Population:

The survey population is made up of all large enterprises with 250 or more persons engaged in NACE Rev. 2 sectors 05-96 in the Republic of Ireland (excluding NACE 84-88).

Sampling Frame:

Central Register of all businesses in Ireland

Reference Area:

State only

Time Coverage:

2019, 2021, 2023

Base Period:

Not Applicable

Sector Coverage:

NACE Rev. 2 sectors 05-83 and 90-96.

Survey Size:

Census of all large enterprises in the sectors covered, i.e. those with 250 or more persons engaged.

Principal Variables:

Gender, title of senior role, number of years in position

Principal External Users:

Government, Balance for Better Business Group, Economic analysts, Professional bodies, General public

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Colin Hanley

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Deirdre O'Connor

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000