Portugal has the highest earnings gap within European Union (EU)

According to the EU statistics office, between 2011 and 2016, the gender pay gap in Portugal increased by 4.6%, standing at 17.5% in 2016, down just 0.3%  of the previous year.

Portugal is one of ten Member States where gender pay differentials have increased over the period after close review, with Slovenia being followed closely at (4.5%).

Nevertheless, the wage gap within the EU fell by 0.6% from 16.8% in 2011 to 16.2% in 2016, driven mainly by ‘breaks’ in Romania (4.4%), Hungary (4% ), Spain and Austria (both 3.4%), Belgium (3.3%) and the Netherlands (3%).

At the European level, according to Eurostat data, the Member States that led the gender pay gap back in 2016 were Estonia (25.3%), the Czech Republic (21.8%), Germany (21.5%), the United Kingdom (21%) and Austria (20.1%).

Romania (5.2%), Italy (5.3%), Luxembourg (5.5%), Belgium (6.1%), Poland (7.2%), Slovenia (7.8%) and Croatia 8.7%) were countries that were below ten percent.

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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