Women in France will have to wait 1,000 years for equal pay

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The pay gap between men and women in France has only narrowed by 0.1% over the past eight years (Photos: Getty Images)

French women may have to wait more than 1,000 years for the gender pay gap to narrow in France.

The pay gap in the country has only narrowed by around 0.1% in the eight years between 2010 and 2018, from 15.6% to 15.5%, according to a study by the European Confederation unions based in Brussels.

The study, released yesterday, also found that Germany and the Czech Republic would take 100 years to close their gender pay gaps on the current trajectory. As research casts doubt that Ireland will ever have equal pay after finding that its gender pay gap is still increasing.

Romania has the smallest pay gap in Europe with 3%. But the study’s authors said it was due to the fact that it was a less developed country with fewer working women and those in high-level jobs.

The figures, which include part-time jobs, do not cover Great Britain, but UK data from the Office for National Statistics shows the gender pay gap for all workers in 2019 was 17, 3% and 8.9% for full-time employees.

Esther Lynch of the Confederation told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: “It was disappointing that there was no mention of gender pay in your speech on the state of the union, especially given the role of women on the front line of the Covid-19 response. ‘

The report, based on EU statistics, said France would take more than 1,000 years to close its pay gap.

The pay gap in Belgium is 6%, which should end in 2028, and that in Luxembourg is 4.6%, which should end in 2027. The study found that in both countries, women are well paid in administrative and banking jobs.

This differs in Germany and France where the majority of well-paying jobs are dominated by men, according to the confederation.

Although more women have university degrees than men, they earn 16% less than men on average with just 8% as CEOs of the largest companies in the EU, the European Commission said earlier this year.

Age is a factor influencing the pay gap, with women under 40 working full time enjoying a ‘close to zero’ gap but women over 40 suffering from a pay gap of 11.4%, which rises to 15% at age 50.

This is because women under 40 are less likely to compete for jobs as managers, directors and senior officials, and women over 40 are more likely to work in lower paying jobs.

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women. It is not the difference in pay between men and women doing the same job.

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