The Netherlands is falling behind when it comes to promoting gender equality, according to the Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum, published on Tuesday. The Netherlands dropped 11 spots on the ranking this year, ending in 38th position.
The wage gap between men and women increased again over the past two years. And the salaries of higher educated employees are rising faster than those of employees with a vocational education, according to the National Salary Survey by Intermediair and Nyenrode University.
Today is Equal Pay Day in the European Union - the day when women symbolically stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues for the same job. The average gender wage gap in the EU is currently 16 percent, according to figures released by the European Commission. The Netherlands is in slightly better shape with a gender wage gap of 15.2 percent.
That means that Equal Pay Day in the Netherlands will fall on Wednesday, November 6th. From Wednesday, women effectively work for free through the end of the year in comparison to the wages of their male counterparts.
Men earn more than women in the Netherlands, no matter the sexual orientation. Of all registered cohabiting couples in the country, gay couples earn the most. The primary income - joint income from work or enterprise - of hetero couples is in second place, followed by the primary income of lesbian couples in a close third, according to a Statistics Netherlands analysis.
Parenthood remains one of the biggest causes of the wage gap between men and women. The average income of women falls sharply after the birth of their first child, while becoming a dad has a very limited effect on men's income, central planning office CPB said in a report on Thursday. CPB calls this the 'child penalty', NU.nl reports.
People in the Netherlands are less concerned about salary differences between men and women than people in the rest of Europe, according to a study by HR and salary service provider ADP. In Europe 60 percent of employees said they would consider looking for a new job if it was clear that women at their current job earn less than men. In the Netherlands only half of respondents said they would do so, AD reports.
Women in the Netherlands still earn less than their male counterparts, but the wage gap is slowly decreasing, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
According to the stats office, the wage gap can partly be attributed to background characteristics like age, education and experience, but not completely. Statistics Netherlands was hesitant to say whether the rest of the gap is due to gender based discrimination.
Women who work at municipal offices in the Netherlands earned slightly more than their male colleagues for the first time last year. The average gross monthly salary of women came out at 3,679 euros, compared to 3,653 on average for their male colleagues, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures from the annual staff monitor by the A+O fonds Gemeente.
Aegon and trade unions reached a new collective bargaining agreement for the insurers' employees. It includes explicit agreements about equal pay for men and women performing the same function. According to union FNV, this is the first collective bargaining agreement in the Netherlands to address this issue explicitly, NOS reports.
The gender wage gap in the Netherlands starts even earlier than expected. On average boys get around 2 euros more pocket money than girls, according to a study by financial service provider Deloitte, RTL Nieuws reports.
In an effort to close the gender wage gap in the Netherlands, parties SP, GroenLinks, 50Plus and PvdA are preparing a legislative proposal that requires companies to be transparent about the salaries they pay to their employees, RTL Nieuws reports.
The number of employees suffering from burn-out symptoms in the Netherlands increased significantly between 2015 and 2017, according to the National Salary Study by university Nyenrode and career site Intermediair. This year 15 percent of Dutch women indicated that they had a burnout, compared to 9,4 percent in 2015. Burnouts hit 9 percent of male employees, compared to 6 percent two years ago.
Union FNV is calling attention to the wage gap between men and women on Friday, Equal Pay Day in the Netherlands. The union organized a debate with Dutch politicians and companies on the differences in salaries between male and female employees. According to FNV vice president Kitty Jong, it is high time for companies and politicians to close this gap, NOS reports.