From Iceland — Gender Wage Gap Still Profound

Gender Wage Gap Still Profound

Published November 21, 2011

There remains a sizable difference in the average wages of men and women working the same jobs, according to the latest Gallup poll on the matter.
The poll, conducted on behalf of the labour unions Efling, Hlíf and VFSK by Gallup, showed that on average, a man working a full-time job brings home about 347,000 ISK. A woman working the same job for the same number of hours makes about 261,000 ISK.
This large wage gap pertains to salaries. In the case of hourly work, the wage gap is less but still significant. Women in these jobs make about 35,000 ISK less than men doing the same work for the same hours.
Related to the poll, one in ten said that they don’t believe they’ve received a pay raise in the wake of the new collective bargaining agreements between the unions, management and the government. About a third said they were only working part time, a response far higher than in the last poll, and 65% of those working as caregivers said they were only part time; last year, that figure was 55%.

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