Monday 23 May 2022

Pay gap continues to shrink but part time positions hit women’s wages

The wage gap between men and women shrank slightly over the past two years but women still earn an average of 36% less than men, national statistics agency CBS said on Friday.

Most of the difference is down to women in the Netherlands working part time, the CBS said. Men work an average of 33 hours a week in the Netherlands, women 25 hours.

In terms of hourly rates, women earn an average of 13% less than men but this figure is shrinking as more women with degrees and other qualifications enter the workforce. Ten years ago, the pay gap was 18%, the CBS said.

Men how earn an average of €25.84 per hour, women €22.42.

Some 85% of jobs pay less than €33 per hour and here men and women earn virtually the same. But men outstrip women when it comes to pay because they are more likely to work in a sector with higher pay rates, the CBS said.

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