Women edge closer to men on pay scale

Greek women are catching up with men in the workplace as far as remuneration is concerned, with data released yesterday showing that the gender pay gap is smaller in Greece than in most other European Union countries. According to figures compiled by the European Commission, Greek men in 2004 received on average 10 percent more pay than women. The gap, however, has been gradually closing. In 1999, men earned 13 percent more than their female colleagues on an hourly basis. Greece ranks fourth among the 25 EU states in terms of gender pay gaps with Malta in first place (4 percent) followed by Italy (6 percent) and Portugal (9 percent). The Brussels report showed that woman are restricted to a more limited number of sectors and that part-time work accounts for a third of their employment.

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