Estonian gender pay gap hits 40 percent

  • 2009-10-28
  • TBT staff and wire reports

Estonia was ranked 37 in the sexual equality general rating

TALLINN - According to an annual report on sexual equality produced by the International Economic Forum, the salary of Estonian women is only 60 percent of the salary received by Estonian men with the same job.

Estonia was ranked 98th out of 134 countries in terms of salary inequalities.

Estonia placed 37th in the general sexual equality rating - the same position it received last year, and seven places down from its 2007 ranking. In 2006 it was ranked number 28.

Gender equality was evaluated using 14 different indicators. Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden earned the top four places in the report.

The head of the Social Affairs Ministry's Gender Equality Department, Kadi Viik, said that according to Eurostat data the gap between the average salary of a male and an average salary of a female in Estonia is the largest in the European Union.