ECONOMY: EUROSTAT, "WIDE DIFFERENCES IN WAGES AND CAREERS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN"

(Sir Europe – Brussels) – Differences between men and women in wages, career opportunities and types of employment are showing no signs of abating. In the run-up to 8th March, Women’s Day, Eurostat collected a wide range of data that show, once again, wide gender gaps in Europe. For example, in the same job, women earn (gross hourly pay) 16.4% less than their male colleagues. The widest gaps are found in Estonia (with an average gap of 29.9%), Austria (23.0%), Czech Republic (22.1%) and Germany (21.6%). At the opposite end of the spectrum, where wage differences are narrowest, there are Slovenia (3.2%), Malta (5.1), Poland (6.4), Italy (7.3), Croatia (7.4), Luxembourg (8.6), Romania (9.1%). But these are not the only "distances" in the economic world: executive roles, some professions (more women work in personal services or in shops) or time arrangements (full time, part time). In this case, Eurostat found that 8.1% of men and 31.8% of women work part time. Some of these differences may also be accounted for, as explained by Eurostat’s experts, by local and national traditions or family relations, so much that the need was felt to find a balance between professional and personal life.” ” ” “

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