From Iceland — Men Higher Paid Than Women, Yet Again

Men Higher Paid Than Women, Yet Again

Published August 27, 2013

Men have on average 8.4% higher salaries than women in jobs that require university degrees.

Survey executed by the Association of Academics – BHM – where 60% of its members replied, shows that overall, men have 16.3% higher salaries than women. After corrections due to various employment ratios: age, education and responsibilities, the difference is still 8.4%.

Head of BHM Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir was surprised by the wage gap, which is believed to be greater in professions that don’t require university education.

“This is an endemic little bugger,” Guðrún told RÚV. “There are a few variables but in the end there’s always this inexplicable figure and it must be down to some human factor, I don’t know what it can be.”

The wage gap is the largest, before corrections, in the private sector as well as at Reykjavík city and other municipalities – or around 20% – whereas the gap is 15% in other public sector jobs.

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