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UK has one of the highest gender pay gaps in the EU


UK has one of the highest gender pay gaps in the EU

The gender pay gap in the UK stands at 21% - the fourth highest in the EU and an increase of 1.3% since 2011 - according to new data issued by Eurostat, the EU's statistical agency. Only Estonia (25.3%), the Czech Republic (21.8%) and Germany (21.5%) recorded higher pay gaps. The statistical report was issued ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March.


The report found across the EU, women earned on average 16% less than men in 2016 or in other words, women earned on average 84 cents for every euro a man makes per hour.

The smallest pay gaps were recorded in Romania (5.2%), Italy (5.3%), Luxembourg (5.5%) and Belgium (6.1%)

Between 2011-16, the overall the gender pay gap dropped in most EU member states but most significantly in Romania (-4.4%), Hungary (-4.0%) Spain and Austria (-3.4%), Belgium (-3.3%) and the Netherlands (-3.0%).  

Portugal and Slovenia recorded the highest increases of +4.6% and +4.5% respectively.

Across the EU the pay gap dropped by 0.6% to 16.2%



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