Men are still earning an average of 10% more than women in Belgium and this wage gap is no longer getting smaller, revealed the 2014 report on wage disparities by The Institute for Sexual Equality, reported in the De Standaard newspaper on Thursday. The report has based its findings on results from 2011. The figures have been at a standstill since 2010, when women were already earning 10% less than men. In 2008 and 2009, the wage gap was 11%, and 12% in 2007. The biggest wage disparities between men and women are to be found among the employees and workers of the private sector, showing a respectively a 25% and 20% gap.
If the annual wage is taken into account, then men are earning at least 22% more than women, thought to be due to a greater number of women working part-time.
According to the report, an “ethnic gap” is also to be seen in Belgium: women who are not from the European Union are even more affected by the salary gender gap.