PwC Women in Work Index
Prize of pay parity in OECD could mean US$2 trillion increase in total female earnings
Latest PwC Women in Work Index reveals:
- Gradual improvement in female economic empowerment in OECD
- Nordic countries still lead the way, with Iceland, Sweden and Norway taking top 3 spots
- Poland climbs into top 10 thanks to gains in cutting female unemployment
- Other top 10 places held by New Zealand, Slovenia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland and Switzerland
- But gender pay gap poses major challenge, with parity still decades if not centuries away
- Potential prize of closing the gap could boost total female earnings by US$2 trillion
21st February, 2017 – Slow but steady progress continues to be made in OECD countries towards greater female economic empowerment, according to a new PwC report.
But the gender pay gap continues to be a major issue, with the average working woman in the OECD still earning 16% less than her male counterpart – despite becoming better qualified.
The latest PwC Women in Work Index, which measures levels of female economic empowerment across 33 OECD countries based on five key indicators, shows that the Nordic countries – particularly Iceland, Sweden and Norway – continue to occupy the top positions on the Index. Poland stands out for achieving the largest annual improvement, rising from 12th to 9th. This is due to a fall in female unemployment and an increase in the full-time employment rate.
PwC analysis shows that there are significant economic benefits in the long term from increasing the female employment rate to match that of Sweden; the GDP gains across the OECD could be around US$6 trillion.
When it comes to closing the gender pay gap, countries such as Poland, Luxembourg and Belgium could see the gap fully close within two decades if historical trends continue. But much slower historical progress in Germany and Spain means that their gap might not close for more than two centuries, although making this a policy priority could accelerate progress. The gains from achieving pay parity in the OECD are substantial – it could result in a potential boost in female earnings of around US$2 trillion at today’s values.
Download the full report here.
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