In Ireland today there are 304,688 active companies trading. From our latest research, this equates to 637,001 directorships. Over the past 23 years, Ireland has witnessed a noteworthy transformation in the composition of directorship positions, particularly concerning gender representation. We thought it would be interesting to look at the statistics around the difference between male and female directorship in Ireland today.
Of the 637,001 directorships, we have identified 170,502 directorship positions held by females and 399,422 directorship positions held by males, and a further 67,000 unknown genders. This means using our identified population, 30% of these directorships in Ireland are female and 70% are male.
The number of females in directorship positions in Ireland has increased by 83,000 (97%) since the year 2000 where the number of females in directorship positions was 86,712. In the same 23 years, the number of males occupying directorship roles in Ireland has increased by 170,052 (74%) from 229,371 to 399,422.
One intriguing factor contributing to these changes is the expansion of the corporate sector in Ireland. In 2023, there are 304,688 companies formed in Ireland, a substantial increase compared to the 171,043 companies in 2000. In coherence with this growth, the number of females in directorship positions in Ireland has nearly doubled, rising from 86,712 to 171,052.
The number of women in directorship roles in Ireland has displayed a consistent upward trend over the past 23 years. In 2000, there were 86,712 women in directorship positions. By 2010, this number had increased to 136,591, and as of 2023, it stands at 171,052. This data underscores the gradual and sustained growth in the representation of women in directorship roles during this period.
Notably, the increase in the number of companies formed has also led to more directorship positions available in Ireland in 2023. Based on these statistics, it is reasonable to forecast that the number of females occupying directorship roles in Ireland will continue to increase over the coming years.