Women in Europe, Russia, Brazil should earn more than men – ILO
Women in work in large parts of the world are better educated, more experienced and more productive than their male counterparts on average, but are still paid less, the International Labour Organization said on Friday.
In its latest Global Wage Report, the ILO found men were paid more than women in all of the 38 countries examined; showing the ‘gender pay gap’ remains firmly entrenched around the world.
The biggest pay gap was in the United States, where women earn $64.20 on average for every $100 earned by a man. That discrepancy could largely be explained, however, by factors such as the men’s greater productivity, education or experience, the ILO said.
However, in Europe, Russia and Brazil, women scored higher than men for such attributes, but the pay gap still existed.
“One of the factors that will account for that is discrimination,” ILO Deputy Director-General Sandra Polaski said. “It may reflect different factors in different countries, but certainly discrimination is part of it.”
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