Czech women earn significantly less than men

A new report by the European Commision reveals that the wage gap between men and women is 22%, the second highest in the European Union.

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Why this story matters:

In the private sector, the pay gap between men and women is 96,000 Czech crowns per year -- around 3,700 euros. In the public sector, the difference is around 82,000 crowns. This affects children, families and the entire economy, said Labour Minister Jana Maláčová on the occasion of the European Equal Pay Day.

“Equal payment of men and women is a fundamental economic issue”, says Maláčová.

The pay gap has worsened in recent years. Statistics shows that the income of men employees has risen faster than those of women. In 2004, the average wage of men and women in the public sphere differed by 16%. According to experts on gender equality, women work in lower paid sectors such as education or social services, and it's more rare for them to reach management positions. However, even when they work on the same level as their male colleagues, they are paid less.

Minister Maláčová points out that pro-family measures are the most effective tools for improving the situation of women with small children.  Women who want to work have to have access to flexible hours or part-time jobs, as well as affordable child care.

Details from the story:

  • The European Commision recently released a report on the wage gap in EU member states. Czechia's unadjusted wage gap was 22%, when adjusted for other factors such as unpaid household tasks, Czechia's gap was 40.4% (the European average is 39.6%)
  • Research shows that motherhood and taking care of children affects income growth. If woman goes on maternity leave for a few times, she can hardly reach the income level of her male colleagues.
  • Sociologists indicate that women generally have higher education levels then men.
  • A few years ago, the Ministry of Labour started a project “22% to equality”. Employers will be offered a program, Logib, established in Switzerland. The  company will analyse the age, education, positions and incomes of the male and female employees, and propose adjustments to the wage levels.
  • The Ministry of Labour will  next year submit a proposal which should solve lower pensions of women.
  • Inequality of pay is one of the reasons Czechia has been constantly sliding down the gender equality list of the World Economic Forum -- since 2006 it has has fallen 35 places and is now 88th out of 114 countries.   
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