Gender wage gap closing in Luxembourg
The wage gap is closing between male and female earners in Luxembourg, reaching 14 percent for private sector workers in 2010.
According to an employment observatory report on the subject, the Grand Duchy has shown considerable progress since 2002 when there was a 19 percent difference in pay packets between genders. Add to the mix the wages of public sector workers and the average wage difference between sexes falls to a mere 6 percent.
The report's author suggests that this evening out of wages comes because women are increasingly obtaining better qualifications.
The study looked at a range of work sectors and revealed that the wage gap fluctuated depending on the sector. For instance, apart from the construction sector, where the gap favoured women, all other sectors showed a wage gap in favour of men which was well above the 6 percent average.
Women can take away an additional positive observation from the report's findings, which showed that they were likely to earn more than male colleagues from their first job. Young women entering the labour market earned 2.8 percent more than young men on average.
Currently, Luxembourg is ranked fourth in Europe in terms of equality of wages for the private sector. Slovenia had the smallest gap at 0.9 percent, followed by Poland (4.5 percent) and Italy (5.3 percent). The largest wage gap was noted in Estonia at 27.7 percent.