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19 January 2010
A new report published by Adecco Spain and IESE Business School reveals that pay equality between men and women in the European Union is very much a concept of wishful thinking.
The report is based on data provided by the statistics office of the European Union (Eurostat) and shows that Austrian men earn 45.6% more than Austrian women. In the UK men earn 36.9% more than women followed by Slovakia with 35% more for men and Spain with 34.4%.
The European Union average is 28% higher pay for men than for women. The smallest disparity occurs in Romania where men only earn 13% more than women, followed by Portugal with 13.1% and Belgium with 13.2%.
France and Germany are located somewhere in the middle of the international comparison with 30.5% higher pay for men in Germany and 22.7% higher pay for men in France.
Even in the highly egalitarian Scandinavian countries men earn noticeably more than women with 26.8% higher pay for men in Finland and 24.3% higher pay for men in Sweden.
To read the full report in Spanish language please click here