Germany fails to bridge gender pay gap

Germany has failed to do anything to close the yawning pay gap between men and women, for the third year running. Women still earn an average of a fifth less per hour than men.

Germany fails to bridge gender pay gap
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There was no change in the gender pay gap in Germany last year, with women earning 22 percent less than men, official data showed Tuesday. The problem has been stuck at this level for three years now.

Women earned an average hourly gross wage of €15.56 in 2013, while men earned €19.84 per hour, the federal statistics office Destatis said in a statement.

The difference of 22 percent has remained unchanged since 2010.

Furthermore, the pay gap was "markedly higher" for full-time employees than for part-time employees, the statement said.

Women in full-time work earned an hourly average of €17.72, compared with €21.44 for men, a difference of 17 percent.

But in part-time work, the gender pay gap was much smaller at 4.0 percent, with women earning €16.03 per hour and men €16.75, the statisticians calculated.

By region, the gender pay gap was wider at 23 percent in west Germany last year than in the former East Germany where it stood at 8.0 percent, Destatis said.

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