Female attorneys make more than men

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22 August 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Dutch female attorneys up to age 29 make more money than their male counterparts.

22 August 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Dutch female attorneys up to age 29 make more money than their male counterparts.

The study, performed by Dutch financial daily Financieele Dagblad and the biggest online salary survey Loonwijzer, is the first to indicate salaries for women in a specific industry are higher than those of men.

On average, female junior lawyers make EUR 15.16 per hour while men get EUR 14.63 per hour. The salary gap increases substantially over the years up to age 29.

According to the survey, the higher salaries for women can be explained by the fact that women complete their studies faster than men. They also tend to have higher grades.

This, in turn, means women enter the work force at a younger age than men do. They often end up working at bigger law firms which pay higher salaries.

"Female attorneys aged 29 usually have seven years of work experience. Therefore they make more money than men," says Kea Tijdens, professor in labour, organisation and emancipation.

"They enter the work force in bigger numbers, which subsequently increases the chances of talented lawyers."

Some 63 percent of all law students in the Netherlands are women. A total of 60 percent of students enrol in the Bar Association's professional attorney qualification programme.

The initial financial advantage women enjoy, however, disappears completely after lawyers turn 30, not surprisingly the average age when Dutch women start to have children.

The average salary of female lawyers over 30 is EUR 19.19 while men in the same age group receive EUR 27.74 per hour.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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