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A recent YouGov study has revealed that employees who are part of the LGBTQ+ community have annual salaries of roughly 16 percent less than their straight, non-trans (cisgender) colleagues.

The discrepancy adds up to about £7,000 per year, or €7,800. The study of UK workers was conducted by LinkedIn in partnership with Black Pride, and 4,019 workers took part.

The income gap was calculated by asking participants about their Gross Personal Income, with 2,154 straight, non-trans participants and 1,863 LGBTQ+ respondents.

The total earnings of both groups were compared, including salary, wages and rent before tax deduction. Unsurprisingly, homophobic activity is still fire in the workplace, according to the data.

28 percent of LGBTQ+ respondents said they are not out at work because of the fear of judgement, and 47 percent of these employees had no plans to come out in the future.

35 percent of LGBTQ+ participants in the study claimed to have witnessed homophobia at work, and 21 percent had experienced personal verbal abuse at work.

Other findings included the fact that female LGBTQ+ employees are actually more likely to hide their sexual orientation at work than men, and 14 percent of LGBTQ+ professionals feel their chances of promotion would be less likely if they came out at work.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Black Pride, emphasises the importance of continuing to fight for equality; 

"Whilst it's brilliant to see research like this highlighting the conversation, it's vital that there is change in the day-to-day cultures of companies to help LGBTQ employees feel comfortable at work, including those of colour that may also be experiencing discrimination and racism." she says.

It's clear there are still substantial issues which hinder LGBTQ+ professionals, and it's morally right to have an equal working environment for all.

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Yesterday, RTÉ Six One News presenter Sharon Ní Bheoláin revealed that her co-host Bryan Dobson earns considerably more money than her.

It came after 40 BBC female presenters wrote a letter to their director asking for the gender pay gap to close, and now, it seems like RTÉ is following suit.

According to 98fm, the national broadcaster has said it will reveal its ten best paid presenters, and how much they earn.

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However, no date has been set for this review, and instead RTÉ said it will be "shortly."

This morning, for the first time, it was revealed that 101 members of its staff are on a six-figure salary.

The Minister of Communications, Denis Naughten said that he wants to see more transparency.

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"RTÉ is funded primarily from the TV licence," so he believes "there is a responsibility on an organisation like RTÉ to be transparent about pay".

"It's time to publish what they pay all their staff. It is after all the public's money and the public have a right to know," added the National Union of Journalists' Bernie Ní Fhlatharta.

In the meantime, RTÉ has also promised a review on roles and gender equality.

IMPACT lead organiser Linda Kelly said: “Pay gap reporting will help us by shining a light on the source of the inequity, so often expressed in ignorable national averages, in our offices, shops, factories and care settings.

"It will put pressure on employers, forcing them to address the issue if they want to protect their reputations in an economy where brand value is ever more important."

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