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Press release 094 / 2017-03-14: Three quarters of the gender pay gap attributable to structural differences

WIESBADEN – In 2016, the average gross hourly earnings of women (16.26 euros) were 21% lower than those of men (20.71 euros). In 2014 and 2015 (revised) the unadjusted gender pay gap was 22% each. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports on the occasion of the Equal Pay Day on 18 March 2017 that nearly three quarters of the unadjusted gender pay gap could be attributed to structural differences. The main reasons for the differences between the average gross hourly earnings were differences in the branches of activity and the occupations of women and men as well as unevenly distributed leadership and qualification-related job requirements. In addition, more women than men work part-time.

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