Spain’s wage gap of 24% between men and women continues to rise, reaching highest level in six years

UGT Secretary for Equality Almudena Fontecha (R) presenting report on male-female wage gap. Photo: Europa Press
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• Report release coincides with today’s nationwide ‘Day for Wage Equality’ •

Spain continues to lag other European countries that are reducing the wage gap between male and female workers, with women being paid on average 24 percent less than men for equal work and having to work 88 more days each year to earn the same annual income as a man, according to a report presented Friday by the General Union of Workers (UGT).

The report, titled Wage Equality: An Unresolved Objective, shows that women account for 67% of the nearly 2 million Spanish workers who earn less than the monthly minimum wage of 655 euros and some 75 percent of women workers in Spain are employed under temporary part-time contracts.

Released in advance of today’s Day for Wage Equality Between Men and Women, the UGT report also noted a concentration of women in sectors in which wage levels are traditionally lower and in which the male-female wage gap is even greater, including the service sector (35.19 percent), clerical and administrative work (33 percent), scientific research (30.73 percent) and the healthcare sector (29.48 percent).

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