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The pandemic year was more favorable for women’s incomes

  • 5/24/2021 2:38 PM
The pandemic year was more favorable for women’s incomes

Although in a difficult economic year, due to the pandemic, women have managed to have higher salary increases than men, narrowing the gap between them in payments.

INSTAT data showed that the average salary for women in 2020 reached 51.7 thousand ALL, marking an increase of 4.6% compared to the previous year. The average salary of men was 55.3 thousand ALL, marking a minimal increase of only 0.7% compared to the previous year.

As a result of the faster growth of women's salaries compared to men, the wage gap between them has narrowed significantly. In 2020, women were paid 6.6% less than men, compared to 10.1% which was the difference between them a year ago, marking the lowest level since 2014, when data were reported.

Of the 36 occupational groups reported by INSTAT, only in 4 of them (Administrative and Commercial Executives; Employees in Electro-Technology Professions; Employees of Personal Services and Protection; Metalworking and Machining Workers), women are paid more than men and in the three others the monthly bonuses are almost unequal (Construction workers; Service and support workers; Food preparation assistants).

Even in 2020, female "administrative and commercial executives" continued to be better paid than men in the same position. Female executives receive the highest salaries of all group activities for both genders. In 2020, they were paid 166.4 thousand ALL (over 1,300 euros  per month), or 17% more than men in the positions of administrative and commercial manager. However, compared to the previous year, the salaries of female executives have slightly decreased by 2.2%.

In the category of "Legislator, senior civil servants and executive directors", the fourth most rewarded, the average salary for women was about 87 thousand ALL, almost at the same level as men of the same category. In addition to information technology, the occupational groups that saw the highest salary increases for both men and women were in the health sector.

Female "health specialists" were paid an average of about 59 thousand ALL, with an increase of 6%. Men in the same category receive 20% more than women, or an average of 73.7 thousand ALL.
"Specialized health assistants", women were paid 48.7 thousand ALL, with an increase of 6.7%. Men in the same category are paid 115% more.
For other occupational groups, the salary has changed on average by +/- 2%. The highest wage gap between men and women is in the industrial sector (27%) and the health sector (20%).

/Klara Ruci/