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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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