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UK 5th from bottom in EU gender pay equality

Melissa Lyras
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The UK ranks 25th out of 30 European countries analysed for gender pay gap – data analysed by home rental company Spotahome ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March has ranked the UK 5th from the bottom in Europe for gender pay equality. Contributor – Melissa Lyras, Brand and Communications Manager at Spotahome.

The gender pay gap is the percentage difference between average hourly earnings for men and women. Spotahome has standardised the latest equality data available to rank each country on a scale of ten for individual equality categories and overall equality*. Here’s how European countries compare for the gender pay gap (GPG)**. The higher the GPG score, the smaller the pay gap:

 

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Best 10 countries

GPG score

Worst 10 countries

GPG score

1

Luxembourg

10.00

Estonia

0.00

2

Italy

10.00

Czech Republic

2.06

3

Romania

9.86

Germany

2.29

4

Belgium

9.53

Austria

2.43

5

Poland

8.97

United Kingdom

2.85

6

Slovenia

8.79

Slovakia

3.41

7

Macedonia FYROM

8.32

Portugal

4.25

8

Croatia

7.71

Switzerland

4.30

9

Ireland

6.07

Iceland

4.39

10

Sweden

6.03

Finland

4.49

 

The best and worst European countries for overall equality (OE) are: The picture looks a little brighter for the UK when overall equality is considered, ranking 13th overall. However, where the UK ranks highly in 2nd place for LGBTI friendliness, this is offset by middle-of-the-road rankings for immigrant acceptance (12th), quality of life (12th) and political rights and civil liberties (16th). From April 2018, the UK Government is requiring every company with more than 250 employees publish its gender pay data on its dedicated website, in a measure to dissipate the pay gap.

The best and worst European countries for overall equality (OE) are:

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Top 5 countries

OE rating

Worst 5 countries

OE rating

1

Norway

8.53

Turkey

1.35

2

Denmark

8.39

Russia

2.31

3

Sweden

8.30

Belarus

3.35

4

Luxembourg

8.24

Bosnia and Herzegovina

3.36

5

Finland

8.23

Ukraine

3.47

 

The Nordic countries are accepted as some of the happiest in the world, so it’s no surprise to see them in the top five. Eastern Europe hasn’t fared so well, with Turkey, Russia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine making up the bottom five.