Gender wage gap highest in India, women are paid 34% less than men: ILO

Women are paid the most unequally in India, compared to men, when it comes to hourly wages for labor. On average, women are paid 34 percent less than men, a recent report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found. This gap in wages, known as the gender wage gap, is the highest among 73 countries studied in the report.

The trend holds true globally as well, but with lower levels of inequality among the sexes, where on average, hourly wages of women are 16 percent less than those of men. Inequality is higher in monthly wages, with a gap of 22 percent.

Overall, real wages grew just 1.8 percent globally (136 countries) in 2017.

These findings are presented in the flagship publication of the ILO, the Global Wage Report 2018-19, which was released on November 26. With empirical evidence that gender wage gap is visible even with women with higher levels of education, the report advocated that “emphasis needs to be placed on ensuring equal pay for women and men”.

This gender wage gap has remained unchanged at 20 percent from 2016 to 2017. Women are paid higher hourly wages than men in Bangladesh.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency for the world of work. It sets international labor standards, promotes rights at work and encourages decent employment opportunities, the enhancement of social protection and the strengthening of dialogue on work-related issues.

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