Womens' pay lags behind men after equality law

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Womens' pay lags behind men, despite sex equality law

Womens' pay lags behind men, despite sex equality law

13 October 2006

MADRID — Women earn 30 percent less than men on average in Spain, according to the latest figures.

The Treasury said women earned an average of EUR 12,800 last year, while men were paid EUR 18,321 – or 30 percent more than their female colleagues.

And not only do women earn less, but have more problems getting work, said analysts.

Last year, 58 percent of men were paid a salary compared with only 42 percent of women.

However, some advances have been made towards sexual equality in the labour market.

Pay for women has rose 3 percent last year, compared with 2004.

Men's salaries only went up, meanwhile, by 2 percent.

Yet, pension payments for women still lag behind those for women.

Men get paid EUR 11,517 per year compared with the average of EUR 7,677 for women.

Earlier this year, the government introduced a new law to try to improve work conditions and pay for women.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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