Women work longer, earn less - March 2011

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Working women on average face longer working days than men. And they earn less. This is one of the outcomes of an international gender pay gap comparison, based on half a million surveys conducted by the Wage Indicator Foundation between 2006 and 2010. 

The in-depth analysis is based on a comparison between 11 countries, found in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Regardless of the level of development of the economy or region of the world, the same pattern emerges, within varying degrees.

For example, a Danish woman earns 91 percent of the pay her professional male peers receive. Denmark has the smallest gender pay gap. At the other end of the scale, Indian women on average get 64 per cent of what male workers with the same qualifications earn in the same occupation.

Still working at home

On top of the pay gap, most women put in longer working hours per day, as most women worldwide still take on the majority share of domestic chores at home. This means that their leisure time is less, and their overall working hours are more, than their male peers, on average.

Not suprisingly, almost half of the working women included in the Wage Indicator survey expressed dissatisfied with the current state of affairs. The majority of working men indicated they were satisfied to enjoy their leisure time after work.

Wage Indicator has been collecting wage data online since 2001 in a growing number of countries worldwide, including South Africa. In 2011 the countries number 55. For the full report read The Gender Gap - A comparative analysis of wages in time of recession.

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Find out more about Women and Work in South Africa. And take our Salary Check to see how your wages add up in comparison to others.