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Gender pay gap in EU Gender pay gap in EU

Women in the EU less paid than men but it is not the case in Croatia

By  Mar 08, 2018

The European Statistical office (Eurostat) has released data according to which women in the European Union on the average are less paid than men.

The data shows that in 2016 women in the EU were on the average 16,2 percent less paid than their male colleagues i.e. on the average they earned 84 Eurocents for every Euro per hour men were paid.

Among EU member countries, in 2016, the gender difference in pay ranged from more than 5 percent in Romania and Italy, 22 percent in the Czech Republic and Germany to more than 25 percent in Estonia, showed the Eurostat data released on marking the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2018.

According to Eurostat data from 2014, in Croatia the gender difference in pay was 8,7 percent. Thus, the country was listed among EU countries with the gender gap in pay of less than 10 percent such as Romania (5,2%), Italy (5,3%), Luxembourg (5,5%), Belgium (6,1%), Poland (7,2%) and Slovenia (7,8%).

On the other hand, the group of EU member countries with big gender difference in pay was headed by Estonia (25,3%), the Czech Republic (21,8%), Germany (21,5%), Great Britain (21%), Austria (20,1%).

At EU level, the gender gap in pay from 2011 to 2016 was slightly reduced by 0,6 percentage points, the report said.
In comparison to 2011, the gender difference in pay was reduced in most of EU member countries such as Romania (4,4 percentage points) and Hungary (4 percentage points) followed by Spain and Austria (3,4 percentage points), Belgium (3,3 percentage points) and the Netherlands (3 percentage points).

On the other hand, this difference increased in ten EU member countries, most in Portugal (4,6 percentage points) and Slovenia (4,5 percentage points).

When it comes to Croatia, the gender gap in pay increased by 3 percentage points, from 5,7 percent in 2010 to 8,7 percent in 2014, showed the data from Eurostat.