Press Gender pay gap 2021: hourly earnings of women again 18% lower than those of men

Press release No. 088 of 7 March 2022

WIESBADEN – Women in Germany earned an average of 18% less per hour than men in 2021. The pay gap between women and men, that is, the unadjusted gender pay gap, remained unchanged compared with the previous year. To coincide with the Equal Pay Day on 7 March 2022, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the average gross hourly earnings of women (19.12 euros) were by 4.08 euros lower than those of men (23.20 euros). The difference had been 4.16 euros a year earlier. The gender pay gap has declined in Germany in the past 15 years. It stood at 23% in 2006, which was five percentage points higher than in 2021.

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