Fabian Demicoli

Equal Pay Day: Gender Pay Gap stagnates at 16.4% across Europe


Women in Europe still work 59
days ‘for free' – this is what the latest figures released by the European
Commission show. The gender pay gap has barely moved in recent years and still
stands at around 16%.

The latest figures mean European Equal Pay Day is marked
on 28 February, for the second year in a row. 
The EU-wide event marks the date in the new calendar year from which
women really begin to be paid for their work as compared to men. Vice-President
Reding said: "European Equal Pay Day reminds us of the unequal pay
conditions women still face in the labour market. The pay gap has only narrowed
marginally in recent years. Following years of inaction, it is time for a change.
The European Commission is currently working on an initiative to trigger
change, so that in the near future we will no longer need an Equal Pay
day."

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