EC draws attention to gender pay gap

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The European Commission once again draws attention to the inequality in salaries of women and men. Women in the European Union earn an average of 16.2 percent less than men. It’s as if women would work from October 26 to the end of the year for free.

In Poland, an average gap in earnings between women and men is 7.2 percent. However, in 2010, the discrepancy in earnings was only 4.5 percent. In the EU, the trend is reversed, but the dynamics are slow – the gap went down from 16.4 percent in 2010 to 16.2 percent in 2016.

Eurostat data shows that the pay gap is not affected by geographical location or the country’s wealth. The best result in the EU is recorded by Romania (with 5.2 percent gap), followed by Italy with a difference of 5.3 percent. Luxembourg stands with 5.5 percent difference. Poland is placed just after Belgium, where the gap is 6.1 percent.

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