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Smaller gender pay gap recorded

Provisional data of 2018 show that average gross earnings of females were 14.1 % smaller than those of males, which is the lowest indicator registered since 2012. In 2017, females per hour earned on average 15.7 % less than males. Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) estimate shows that the greatest gender pay gap (17.3 %) was recorded in 2014.

In 2018, the largest unadjusted gender pay gap was observed in financial and insurance activities where males per hour earned 27.6 % more than females.

Unadjusted gender pay gap by economic activity*; 2018
 (as per cent)

Unadjusted gender pay gap by economic activity

* Based on the Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community (NACE Rev. 2).
** All activities, except for agriculture, forestry, fishing and public administration.

Decline in full-time gender pay gap and rise in part-time gender pay gap

In 2018, earnings of females working full-time were 17.1 % lower than those of males, while gender pay gap between employees working part-time was smaller – 12.7 %.

Unadjusted gender pay gap of full-time and part-time employees 
(as per cent; all activities, except for agriculture, forestry, fishing and public administration)

gap

In 2018, the lowest gender pay gap level in private sector was recorded – 10.7 %. In public sector gender pay gap is smaller than a decade ago as well – 13.4 % in 2018 and 13.7 % in 2009. The greatest gender gap between private and public sector was registered in 2013 – 20.5 %, however it has become smaller over the years. Compared to 2017, in 2018 gender pay gap in public sector reduced by 0.2 percentage points, while in private sector by 2.7 percentage points.

In 2018, compared to 2017, gender pay gap decline was registered in all age groups. The smallest unadjusted gender pay gap was recorded in the age group 55–64 (9.9 %), while the largest in age group 35–44 (16.9 %) and age group 25–34 (16.5 %).

Unadjusted gender pay gap by age group
 (as per cent)

Age group, years

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

< 25

14.0

13.0

13.2

13.9

13.5

25–34

14.7

15.8

16.1

17.1

16.5

35–44

22.7

22.8

21.0

19.2

16.9

45–54

14.6

15.9

14.9

14.6

12.8

55–64

14.4

14.8

13.5

12.3

9.9

≥ 65

15.7

16.8

17.1

15.1

11.2

Gender pay gap statistics is published in the database section Wages and Salaries.

More information on unadjusted gender pay gap and gender pay gap is available in the CSB website sections Gender pay gap, hourly earnings and Gender pay gap, monthly gross.

Methodological explanations

Gender pay gap, hourly earnings (unadjusted gender pay gap) is one of the European Union sustainable development indicators calculated based on the Eurostat methodology and used for international comparisons. The indicator is used to monitor progress towards the gender equality.

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More information on data:
Vladislavs Giruckis
Wage Section
E-mail:
Vladislavs.Giruckis@csb.gov.lv

Phone: +371 67366603

 

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