Aug 2019 – How Professional Women In Ireland Feel About Work And Life

Posted on: 26/10/2019

Press Release 20th August 2019


Flexible work, more mentoring from companies and an increase in women in senior roles – Network Ireland Survey 


A survey of Irish female professionals has revealed: 


  • Two thirds of working women said they need to be more confident in the workplace
  • One in four women said men are paid more at the company they work at
  • Four out of five working women answer emails outside of work hours 
  • The most important thing for women considering a new job is by far flexible working hours, followed by an increase in pay and then a promotion
  • One in four women do not see themselves in the same job in five years time
  • Half of company owners said that growing their bottom line, paying themselves more and employing more staff is what they’d like to do with their firm in the next three to five years
  • For working parents when asked what supports would make it easier especially in the early years most said more affordable childcare or flexible work
  • The vast majority of females surveyed said there needs to be more women is top positions and on board of management 
  • When asked what companies could do to support women, half of respondents said businesses need to empower women to take on leadership roles. One in five said companies should offer women more mentoring
  • Nine out of ten people surveyed said women bring a different perspective than men to the workplace
  • When it comes to switching off from work, almost one in five said they can’t switch off. Very few people actually put on their ‘out of office’ on their email. One in four spend time with family
  • Almost half of women said they could not be without their smartphone



This survey comes ahead of the Network Ireland National Conference and Awards Ceremony on the 27th of September. The conference, which will be hosted by Sonya Lennon is one of the biggest of its kind in Ireland for professional women with 250 delegates attending. 


Network Ireland is Ireland’s longest established and leading female focussed business network. The conference and awards will take place at the Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork.


The theme of this year’s annual conference is “Step Up” and will feature a range of national and international business people, motivational speakers and influencers. It will be designed to ensure women in business have the resilience, motivation, insights and know-how to fulfil their potential and lead and inspire others. 


Among the keynote speakers and panellists are Sonya Lennon Designer, businesswoman and social entrepreneur; Gráinne McCarthy Deputy Chief News Editor, Wall Street Journal and Grace O’Rourke Fitness and Mindset Coach and completed Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week. 


Cork County Council are the partners for the national conference while AIB are the official Partners of Network Ireland nationally #BackedbyAIB @AIBBiz 


Press Release 20th August 2019