Date
20 September 2017
Chinese women should be paid about the same as their male colleagues, based on their education, experience and productivity, the ILO says, but a wide wage gap exists. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese women should be paid about the same as their male colleagues, based on their education, experience and productivity, the ILO says, but a wide wage gap exists. Photo: Bloomberg

Why many women should be paid more than men — but aren’t

Chinese women should, on average, be paid virtually the same as men, based on their education, experience and productivity — actually, 0.2 percent more – the International Labor Organization said Friday.

But they are, in fact, paid 22.9 percent less.

In its latest Global Wage Report, the ILO found men are paid more than women in all the 38 countries covered, showing the gender pay gap remains firmly entrenched around the world, Reuters reported.

The biggest pay gap is in the United States, where women earn US$64.20 on average for every US$100 earned by a man. That discrepancy can largely be explained, however, by factors such as the men’s greater productivity, education or experience, the ILO said.

But the pay gap still exists in Europe, Russia and Brazil, where women score higher than men on these measures.

“One of the factors that will account for that is discrimination,” ILO deputy director-general Sandra Polaski said.

In the 26 European countries in the survey, women should expect, on average, to be paid 0.9 percent more than men — based on “observable factors” such as their education, experience, productivity, job role and industry – but they earn 18.9 percent less.

In Russia, women earn 32.8 percent less than men, but their scores should entitle them to 11.1 percent more.

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