Estonia to target gender pay gap in public sector (8)
Shorter interruptions in the time during which women get remuneration for work also help reduce the gender pay gap. This includes an incentive adopted in last December for fathers to use a bigger portion of the parental leave that parents in Estonia are entitled to after the birth of a child.
The gender pay gap of 25.3 percent for 2016 is the lowest such ratio for the past 11 years. In 2015 the gender pay gap was 26.9 percent, in 2014 it was 28.1 percent and in 2013, 29.8 percent.
Statistics Estonia and Eurostat use different methodologies for calculating the gender pay gap. In Eurostat statistics on the pay difference companies and institutions with fewer than ten employees are not included, just like agriculture, forestry, fishery, public administration and national defense.
Statistics Estonia, on the other hand, uses data for all companies and institutions, as well as all sectors.
According to Statistics Estonia, the gender pay gap in Estonia in 2016 was 20.9 percent.
Eurostat uses the same methodology in analyzing data for all countries and thereby ensures comparability. The data of Statistics Estonia meanwhile takes the context of Estonia more into account, spokespeople for the Ministry of Social Affairs said.
The gender pay gap in unadjusted form represents the difference between average gross hourly earnings of male paid employees and of female paid employees as a percentage of average gross hourly earnings of male paid employees. The indicator has been defined as unadjusted, or not adjusted according to individual characteristics that may explain part of the earnings difference, such as workload, profession and similar, because it should give an overall picture of gender inequalities in terms of pay.
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