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Employment and remuneration of Irish chartered accountants: evidence of

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  • Niamh Brennan
  • Patrick Nolan

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Literature on gender-based salary differentials has proliferated in recent years but there have been few studies on salary differentials in the accounting profession. This paper examines factors influencing remuneration of Irish chartered accountants. Responses to the Leinster Society of Chartered Accountants (LSCA) annual salary survey in 1995 and 1996 were analysed. Employee-related and employer-related factors influencing remuneration were examined including gender, work experience, level of responsibility, employment contract and size and industry. Gender was a significant explanatory variable in explaining differences in salaries paid to employees working in non-audit businesses. Gender, however, was not found to be significant in explaining differences in salaries paid in audit practices. As partners in auditing firms are not included in this research (because partners do not earn a salary) this finding must be interpreted cautiously.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal European Accounting Review.

Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 237-255

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