The difference in salary between men and women has hardly changed between 2016 and 2018. This is the conclusion of Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in its biennial monitor on the subject. It is the most extensive research that the statistical office carries out in this area.
Statistics Netherlands looked at what was earned in government and business. In the government, men earned 5 percent more than women in 2016 and 4 percent two years later. In the business sector, the difference remained 7 percent. These figures have been adjusted for things that affect pay in addition to their gender alone, such as part-time or full-time work and experience or position.
Over the long term, since 2008, Statistics Netherlands has seen a trend-based decline in wage differences. “The difference is decreasing slightly, but it is moving very slowly”, says Peter Hein van Mulligen, chief economist at Statistics Netherlands. “If you continued this trend, it would take another 25 years for the difference to disappear.”
The most important conclusion, according to him, is the fact that men earn more anyway. “You see that men more often have a full-time job than women. In addition, they more often have a managerial position.” In addition, Van Mulligen points out that well-paid bans are often full-time. “If you want to change the differences, you have to look at the choices that men and women make,” he says.
Unadjusted, men earned an average of 28 euros per hour and women 26 euros at the government. The difference in business was even greater: men earned an average of 22 euros there, compared to 18 for women. This is the same as in 2016.
When asked what policymakers could do with this monitor, also in view of the formation after the parliamentary elections in March next year, Van Mulligen says that this picture has been known for years.
He can imagine that The Hague is looking at the economic independence of women. “With a divorce, there is still the risk of a woman ending up in poverty. I imagine financial self-reliance is a topic to look at.”