Mind the gender wage gap: Pay discrepancy in Israel among highest in developed world

Published March 7th, 2016 - 10:18 GMT
Wages of full-time Israeli male employees were 22% higher than wages of full-time female employees in 2011. (File photo)
Wages of full-time Israeli male employees were 22% higher than wages of full-time female employees in 2011. (File photo)

Gender wages gaps in Israel are among the highest in the developed world, according to a new report released by the Shoresh Institute ahead of International Women's Day, marked annually on March 8th.

The report, written by Sagit Azary-Viesel and Prof. Dan Ben-David, offered a comprehensive review of the gender gap in Israel's labor market.

According to the findings, wages of full-time male employees were 22% higher than wages of full-time female employees in 2011 - the fourth highest of OECD countries and some 33% higher than the OECD average.

Despite these figures, the report stated that gender wage gaps in most OECD countries and in Israel have been in decline the past decade. Israel has seen a 6.3% decline in wage gaps since 2001, placing Israel in the middle of OECD countries in terms of the average annual rate of decline.

The report also found that the past five decades have witnessed an increase in female employment primarily due to the correlation between higher levels of education among women and employment. 


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