The gender wage gap decreased slightly between 2013 and 2014, albeit unevenly across sectors. The financial sector showed the widest gap of all, at about 37%.
The distribution across sectors showed some stark contrasts. On the general labour market, the gap is still at 19.9%, while for government workers, it was at 13.2%. Within this sector, the gap in the national government was at 13.2% but for municipalities, only 6.7% – despite the municipal workforce being about 75% comprised of women.
In the private sector, the greatest gender wage gap could be found in the finance and insurance sector, where it was at 37.5%. The greatest wage equity could be found in the health care and social work field, which is at 7.4%.
Statistics Iceland emphasised in its report that this is uncorrected data; it did not take into account other aspects that can influence wage differences, such as education, age, work experience and other factors.