PwC Ireland has reported a gender pay gap of 5.7% as the company becomes the first of the "Big 4" Professional Services firms to voluntarily report such results.

The PwC gender pay gap compares to the country's gender pay gap of 13.9%, as reported by Ibec.

The company said it is confident that it pays all of its staff people equally for doing equivalent work and its analysis highlights that the gender pay gap is mainly driven by the fact that there are more men in senior roles within the business. 

"While we have strong female representation at 54% firmwide, this reduces somewhat at very senior levels," the company said. 

PwC said it is focused on its diversity and inclusion strategy and is taking action that will contribute to improving female representation at the senior levels within the firm.  

It said these actions include having a gender focus on all recruitment related activities, focusing on learning and development including developing talent to ensure it has a gender balanced and inclusive mix of talent.

It also provides equal opportunities for career enhancing roles and managing performance and reward with a gender lens.

Emma Scott, People Partner, PwC Ireland, said the company believes in transparency and communicating its gender pay gap now is a natural next step for it on its diversity and inclusion journey.

"We understand from research and experience in other countries that sharing gender pay gap results can only have a positive impact over time," Ms Scott added.