Equal pay day highlights gender pay gap

Today is EU equal pay day and it is being highlighted that women in the Ireland are earning more than a tenth less than men doing the same work.

Hourly pay rates for women are 13.9% lower than those of their male colleagues.

The European Commission's study shows some improvement is being made though, with the gap closing on average in countries across Europe by 1.3% in three years.

The average gap across the EU is 16.2%.

The gender pay gap, 2010 figures:

Belgium - 10.2

Bulgaria - 13

Czech Rep - 21.6

Denmark - 16.0

Germany - 22.3

Estonia - 27.7

Ireland - 13.9

Greece - 22.0 (2008)

Spain - 16.2

France - 15.6

Italy - 5.3

Cyprus - 16.8

Latvia - 15.5

Lithuania - 14.6

Luxembourg - 8.7

Hungary - 17.6

Malta - 13.4

Netherlands - 17.8

Austria - 24

Poland - 4.5

Portugal - 12.8

Romania - 8.8

Slovenia - 0.9

Slovakia - 19.6

Finland - 20.3

Sweden - 15.4

UK - 19.5

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Significant quantity of firearms seized in Dublin

New guidelines mean bloggers must declare when paid to promote

Charlie Flanagan: Brexit trigger ruling 'provides welcome certainty' for start of talks

Three men charged in court in connection with Dublin Airport human trafficking investigation


Today's Stories

Man texted ‘sexual pictures’ of stepdaughter to woman

First court case of male with anorexia

Woman’s ‘filthy’ leaflet alleged sex abuse

Cork Council launches new online portal to provide access to various services

Lifestyle

Making cents: Shopping around is still the best way to save some cash

Reframing Michael Collins in The Big Fellow

It's been a long and winding road for music group Fairport Convention

We’ll have to shout ‘stop’ to non-bio plastics, or else...

More From The Irish Examiner