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Gender Pay Gap – Women earn 18 percent less, but the gap is narrowing

2023-02-02T16:36:45.898Z


On average, women earned 18 percent less per hour than men last year. Even with the same job and qualifications, women earn less.


On average, women earned 18 percent less per hour than men last year.

Even with the same job and qualifications, women earn less.

Women are still often in part-time work because they consciously or unconsciously wanted or had to take on the care work in their family model.

This can be one reason why women earn less, but this need not be the only reason, there can also be a pay gap between men and women doing the same job and having equivalent qualifications.

The differences in pay are checked annually and recorded in the Gender Pay Gap.

Gender Pay Gap: On average, women get 4.31 euros gross less

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The adjusted gender pay gap is currently 7 percent in Germany.

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The

Federal Statistical Office

reports that women had an average gross hourly wage of EUR 20.05 last year, while men earned EUR 24.36 per hour.

If you look at the long-term course of the unadjusted gender pay gap, you can see that it is declining.

Year

Specification in percent

2006

23 percent

2006 in West Germany

24 percent

2006 in East Germany

6 percent

2022

18 percent

2022 in West Germany

19 percent

2022 in East Germany

7 percent

Source: Federal Statistical Office, as of February 1, 2023

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Adjusted and unadjusted gender pay gap – the differences

According to information from the Federal Statistical Office

, the unadjusted gender pay gap compares

the average earnings of all employees.

This means that differences in salaries for different jobs and career levels are also recorded.

The adjusted gender pay gap shows the difference in earnings between women and men with comparable qualifications, jobs and employment histories.

Unadjusted gender pay gap: women more often in sectors with a lower level of requirements

For 2022, the gender pay gap was analyzed for the first time using a new earnings survey.

According to this, around 63 percent of the earnings gap can be explained.

The most important reasons for a difference in earnings are therefore: poorly paid sectors and part-time work.

According to the Federal Statistical Office

, the remaining 37 percent could

not be finally clarified.

This area is part of the adjusted gender pay gap, which is estimated at 7 percent for 2022.

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Adjusted gender pay gap is 7 percent, but could be lower

The same job, the same qualifications and the same employment history, but still less pay.

Women earn around 7 percent less per hour than men who have the same qualifications.

However, the experts from

the Federal Statistical Office

assume that the differences would actually be smaller because certain factors were not taken into account.

These are, for example, pregnancies or the care of relatives.

The adjusted gender pay gap should therefore be understood as an upper limit.

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Source: merkur

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