On average, full-time working women are paid almost 15% less than men across the OECD. This gender wage gap – defined as the difference between median monthly earnings of men and women, as a percentage of median monthly earnings of men, for full-time employees – has remained relatively unchanged throughout the developed world since the OECD last conducted an equality study with data from the year 2010.
Out of all 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Belgium has the smallest gender wage gap. This result is confirmed by a OECD study published on 4 October 2017, looking at data from 2015 or the latest available year.
In Belgium and Flanders as a region, the gender pay gap did diminish, though. As such, it went from 7% in 2010 to 3.3% in 2014. This puts Belgium in pole position when it comes to gender equality in the workplace across the OECD.
Around the globe, however, the road towards gender equality is still long. “Rich countries need to prioritize gender equality and step up their games toward reducing gaps in income and power between men and women,” concludes the OECD study ‘The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle’.
With Dutch as its official language, Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen) is the northern region of Belgium. The capital of both Belgium and Flanders is Brussels.