The pay gap disappears: female civil servants earn more than men

Women who work for Dutch local authorities now earn more than men, on average, Trouw reported on Monday.

Male civil servants now earn a gross wage averaging €3,653 a month while women are earning slightly more at €3,679, Trouw said, quoting research by local authorities and the Panteia research group.

Many councils have implemented policy to boost the position of women in local authorities – particularly in terms of leadership positions. In 2006, women occupied 22% of leadership jobs but this had risen to 40% by the end of 2017.

Female civil servants in their 40s, 50s and 60s tend to earn roughly the same as men. This, Trouw says, is notable because the salaries of women in their 40s tend to be impacted by taking time out to raise a family. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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