In both these sectors, women’s average hourly wage was lower than men’s in 2020. Women in the public sector earned on average nearly 2 euros per hour (6 percent) less than their male colleagues. In the private sector, they earned almost 5 euros (19 percent) less. Two years previously, the public sector gender pay gap was still 8 percent; the gap in the private sector remained unchanged.
Although year on year, the pay gap decline is modest, there has been a linear decrease in both private and public sector since 2008. These developments are statistically significant. It is therefore certain that the wage gap has narrowed over the period 2008 to 2020 inclusive.
Adjusted wage difference in 2020 slightly smaller than in 2018
The level of hourly wages is influenced by various factors, such as the industry someone works in, their job and their education level. Adjustments are made for such differences between the male and the female population. In this way, hourly wages are compared of men and women with similar job and background characteristics (such as age, experience and education level).
After application of this correction, in 2020 the wage gap stood at 6 percent in the private sector and 3 percent in the public sector. In both sectors, this gap has narrowed since 2018, when it was 7 and 4 percent respectively. To what extent the adjusted wage gap can be attributed to wage discrimination cannot be determined based on this analysis.
Pay gap eliminated among senior government staff
In the public sector, the salaries of women in senior positions were no longer behind those of their male colleagues in 2020. Whereas the gap in this sector was still 3 euros in 2008, by 2020 that gap no longer existed. In the private sector, women executives earn significantly less than their male peers. Moreover, the gap is closing only slowly. It amounted to 7 euros in 2008, which was reduced to 6 euros in 2020, representing a pay gap of nearly 20 percent.
Men are more likely to hold managerial positions than women. In the private sector, one in three managerial positions were held by a woman in 2020. At two in five positions, this share was slightly larger in the public sector.
Wider pay gap between male and female workers under permanent contracts
For the first time in this monitor, CBS has examined the extent to which the gender pay gap varies according to the type of contract. The adjusted wage difference is larger among people with permanent contracts than among those with fixed-term contracts. This is true for both the private and the public sector. In the latter sector, the adjusted wage difference between men and women with fixed-term contracts is not even significant. Among those with permanent contracts, the gap is 4 percent in the public sector and 9 percent in the private sector.
|The adjusted wage difference between men and women with a fixed-term contract in the public sector is not significant.|