Greece: 15% Gender Pay Gap



gender pay gapWorking women in Greece are paid an average of 15% less than men; the same percentage on an EU level is 16.4%. This was highlighted by European Commission data on the wage gap between men and women in the EU. The data was released today on the occasion of the European Equal Pay Day organized on February 28, for the fourth consecutive year.

The Commission noted that the most recent figures show that in 2012, the difference in wages between men and women remained stagnant at 16.4% on EU average, compared to 2011. The data also indicated stagnation after a slight downward trend during recent years, as in previous years the percentage was around 17% or higher.

This slight decline is explained, according to the Commission, by factors such as the increasing percentage of women with higher education and the biggest impact of the economic crisis in certain male-dominated sectors such as construction and engineering. Therefore, the change is not only due to the improvement of wages and working conditions for women.

The Commission also stressed that some obstacles to equal pay have to do with the lack of transparency in pay systems and the lack of legal clarity regarding the definition of work of equal value.

Furthermore, another obstacle is the fact that employees do not have all necessary information to successfully claim equal pay or data concerning the categorization of employees and the salaries corresponding to each category.

The Commission is currently considering alternative courses of action to improve pay transparency and address the salary gap between men and women.


1 COMMENT

  1. More far leftist baloney. Leftists are typically trying to make everything “equal” irregardless if that equality is earned or not. Its this sort of mumbo jumbo that leads to government bureaucratic nightmares.

    Companies are in the business of making money. They don’t typically care the ethnic background or gender of employees. In democratic countries women make less money primarily because they are more prone to raising children. This influences their income potential. A 15% gap in income is actually reasonable. Total equality would be unreasonable because it would be essentially a company rewarding a worker for work they didn’t do. This doesn’t mean every woman makes less money than men. Talented hardworking career oriented woman that don’t end up staying home to bring up children can make far more money than an average man.