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Pay gap between men and women persists

Mar 16 2015 13:45

Frankfurt - Women in Germany earned on average one-fifth less than men during 2014, the Federal Statistics Office announced Monday.

Based on gross hourly wages, the gender pay gap remained unchanged from 2013, with women earning 22% less than their male co-workers.

The data follows an announcement from Germany's family and women's ministry last month that the government will pass a law this year on equalizing the rates of pay received by men and women.

German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government has agreed to tackle the gender earnings differential legally, with plans for more transparency in pay structures and better rates of pay in jobs traditionally held by women.

Monday's data showed that the average woman saw gross earnings of €15.83 per hour, as compared with €20.20 per hour for men.

The gender pay gap in former West Germany - 23% - is much larger than that of former communist East Germany - 9%.

According to the statistics office, the earnings gap persists in part because women are more likely to work part-time or in lower-paid occupations or hold positions in lower management.

Earlier this month, the German parliament ordered the country's major companies to ensure that 30% of their supervisory board positions are held by women, beginning in 2016.

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