MONET 2030: Wage gap between women and men


SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Swiss target 5.1: Men and women are equal. Equality for women and men is guaranteed at the workplace, in education, politics and the family. The law ensures not just formal but also real equality.

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all 

Swiss target 8.5(b): The labour market participation of women and their volume of work are increasing. Women and men are economically independent and have independent social security cover throughout their entire lives. Wage inequality is abolished and the pension gap between women and men is closing.

Significance of the indicator
The indicator shows the pay gap (explained and unexplained parts) between men and women in the private sector. Women and men have the right to equal pay for equal work. A narrowing of the gender pay gap, is therefore, a step towards sustainable development.

Help for interpretation
This gap can be explained in part by the over-representation of women in low-paid jobs and by a lower level of education, in particular among women of a certain age. In addition to these two factors are part-time work and career breaks for family reasons, which may have a negative impact on the years of service in a company.

International comparability
Eurostat publishes a similar indicator, calculated on the basis of average pay.


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Methodology

This indicator shows the pay gap between men and women expressed in relation to men's pay. It is calculated on the basis of the standardised (median) gross monthly salary in the private sector. Data come from the Swiss Earnings Structure Survey, conducted every two years by the Federal Statistical Office.

Targets

Swiss target 5.1: Men and women are equal. Equality for women and men is guaranteed at the workplace, in education, politics and the family. The law ensures not just formal but also real equality.

Swiss target 8.5(b): The labour market participation of women and their volume of work are increasing. Women and men are economically independent and have independent social security cover throughout their entire lives. Wage inequality is abolished and the pension gap between women and men is closing.

International target 5.1: End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

International target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

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