Gender pay gap hits working women

Gender pay gap hits working women
German women earn more than 20 percent less than men - the second biggest difference in Europe. Photo: DPA
Germany has the worst gender pay gap in western Europe, according to a report from movehub, a website that provides information for people moving abroad.

The report says that men’s average pay is 20.8 percent higher than women’s in German workplaces.

Germany had the worst record in western Europe, the seventh worst globally out of the countries surveyed, and the second worst in the EU.

Only Estonia, where men earn 30 percent more than women, came higher in EU countries.

Austria also scored badly with a gender pay gap of 19.2 percent as did Switzerland with a difference in earnings between men and women of 18.5 percent.

Movehub says there is not a single country in the world where women earn on average more than their male counterparts.

The website’s research ranked South Korea as the most significant offender with a 37.5 percent gender pay difference, followed by the Russian Federation (32.1 percent).

Movehub published a graph on its website showing the average pay gap began to drop in the EU from 17.5 percent in 2008 to around 16 percent in 2010 before rising again in 2011 and 2012.

The website’s findings about Germany mirror those of The Economist, which on Saturday published a “glass-ceiling index” to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Germany ranked below the OECD average on nine indicators to show where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work and near the bottom for gender wage gaps.

The index was topped by Norway, followed by Sweden, Finland and Poland.

Global Gender Pay Gap

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