Compared to the average entrepreneur’s income, a female entrepreneur earns on average 44.3% less, it emerged from an analysis by HR specialist Partena Professional published on Tuesday, on Women’s Rights Day.
According to the new analysis, the gender pay gap widens as age increases.
For those under 30, it is 9.11%, rising to 26.65% between the ages of 30 and 40, 46.98% between 40 and 50, plus over 60% beyond that age.
Among the sample studied, the legal profession is where the gender pay gap is the largest. A lawyer earns on average more than twice as much as a female lawyer, according to Partena Professional.
And yet, one-third of entrepreneurs in Belgium are women. However, they remain underrepresented in several sectors, such as agriculture (24.18%) or industry and crafts (12.74%).