Women catching up in wage race

5th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

5 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Although men often get paid more than their female colleagues for the same work in the Netherlands, the gap is narrowing.

5 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Although men often get paid more than their female colleagues for the same work in the Netherlands, the gap is narrowing.

Intermediair, a magazine covering the employment market, published the results of its 'Loopbaan Enquête 2005' survey on Thursday.

Some 7,000 highly-educated professionals took part in the study that indicated the wages paid to women in the IT sector in the Netherlands increased by 5.5 percent last year. Salaries paid to their male colleagues rose by 3.8 percent.

Intermediair said this trend is evident in almost all sectors of the Dutch economy, apart from business services. "Women's wages are even rising faster in the traditional male bastion of industry," the researchers said.

The Social Affairs Ministry began a publicity campaign last year to reduce the unjustified differences in wage levels for men and women. Back in 2002 the Labour Inspectorate noticed an unexplained difference of an average of seven percent between the pay men and women receive.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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