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Spanish Women & The Gender Salary Gap: Not Paid For 54 days Of The Year

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Spanish Women & The Gender Salary Gap: Not Paid For 54 days Of The Year

According to Eurostat, Spanish women face a gender salary gap of 14,9 %. This means that comparing the total amount earned in the entire year by men and women in the same position, women stop earning a salary on November 8th.

However, the Spanish figure is still below the European average (16,3 %) or other countries with stronger economies, such as the UK (20,8%) or Germany (22 %). This gap is mainly noticeable within private enterprises and, fortunately, almost nonexistent within the public sector, which is more likely to be transparent with regards to pay-scales and salaries.

Spanish female employees have begun a campaign called ‘I work for free’ (Yo trabajo gratis), calling for more efficient equality policies, and even a reform of the Spanish Constitution to guarantee equal working conditions.

The Global Gender Gap Report in 2016 highlighted several issues hindering gender parity to be reached. According to the report, formal education is nearing equality around the globe. However, this does not transfer into professional levels, and it will still take forty seven years to close the gap in western Europe, sixty one in Latin America and the Caribbean and 356 in the Middle East and north Africa.

Another important fact of this report is the value of care, referring to those activities that women carry out as part of their gender roles such as tutoring, shopping, housekeeping, child care or senior care. These activities are more likely to be carried out by women, which then frees men to assume further professional responsibilities. Consequently, for instance, in Spain, 82 % of high-responsibility positions are held by men, whereas part-time jobs or jobs in low-paid areas such as the retail sector or leisure sector are occupied by women.

Labour unions see only one  alternative to close this gender pay gap: transparency in the workplace, contracts, and salaries.

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Paloma was born in 1989 in Southern Spain. She is currently working on her PhD in Brazil, where she is experiencing a different culture. As a passionate language learner, she could discover several cultures and lifestyles, while enjoying multi-cultural atmospheres. She has been living in three countries so far, and visited many more. In 2016, she began teaching Spanish as a second language, what allows her to know more about other cultures and backgrounds, this time thorough her students’ eyes. As a traveller and multi-culture lover, she aims to exchange experiences and points of views to broaden her horizons. When she isn’t teaching or learning, her other passions include being outside enjoying nature, travelling, reading books about any topic (preferably written by women with varied backgrounds) and knitting (yes, one of those ‘Grandma’s hobbies”).

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