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Equality Pays Off

The chart shows a map of 34 European countries: the 27 EU member states, the candidate countries Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, the acceding country Croatia and the member countries of the European Economic Area: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Austria Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Belgium Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Bulgaria Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in the Czech Republic Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Croatia Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Cyprus Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Denmark Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Estonia Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Finland Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in France Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Germany Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Greece Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Hungary Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Iceland Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Ireland Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Italy Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Latvia Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Liechtenstein Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Lithuania Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Luxembourg Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Malta Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in the Netherlands Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Norway Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Poland Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Portugal Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Romania Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Serbia Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Slovenia Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Slovakia Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Spain Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Sweden Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in Turkey Click here to discover more about the current situation of gender equality in United Kingdom

In total, 34 countries are targeted by the "Equality Pays Off" initiative.

The Challenge

  • The European population is shrinking and ageing. The result is a decrease in the number of suitably qualified people available on the job market.
  • In a globalised economy, Europe needs high-quality products and services to keep ahead of its competitors. At the same time, businesses face the challenge of ever more complex technologies.

The Solution

Companies must broaden their employee base. Making better use of the female talent pool is a promising approach. Statistics have repeatedly shown that the labour force potential of women is not being adequately utilised:

  • Only 59% of women participate in the labour market as opposed to 70% of men.
  • 32% of women work part-time compared to 8% of men.
  • More than six million women in the European Union state that they cannot work full-time due to family responsibilities. (see: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 20120, p.3pdf)
  • Only 14% of board seats at Europe’s largest companies are filled by women.
  • On average, women earn 16% less than men.
  • Although women are more likely to have a qualification in tertiary education – 25% of women compared to 22% of men – on average, they earn less than men and are less represented in management positions.

For more information please see the report Women in economic decision-making in the EU: Progress reportpdf(384 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  , and the Report on progress on equality between women and men in 2011pdf(393 kB). Statistics regarding women in decision-making can be found in the European Commission's data base and on the website of eurostat.

 

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