What is the European Equal Pay Day?

In the EU, women are hourly paid 14.1% less than men on average. This equals almost two months of salary. This is why the European Commission marks 10 November as a symbolic day to raise awareness that female workers in Europe still earn on average less than their male colleagues.

 

The Equal Pay Day in other countries

12 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Estonia, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain and Sweden) organise and have organised an Equal Pay Day according to the respective Pay Gap in their country. Various awareness-raising activities are arranged to show the negative effect of the gender pay gap. Such activities involve equal pay actions organised by trade unions, public debates, seminars and press conferences.

Action of the European Commission

The European Commission carried out an evaluation of the ‘equal pay' principle – a result of the  EU Action Plan on tackling the gender pay gap - and is working to table binding pay transparency measures.