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Euskadi reduces its wage gap by six points, reaching 16,7% in 2021

Euskadi reduces its wage gap by six points, reaching 16,7% in 2021

Maria Jose Gonzalez

February 22, 2024 | 12:01 p.m.

Today my task is to focus on analyzing the recent decrease in the wage gap in Euskadi, which has reached 16,7% in 2021. This advance, highlighted by the Vice Lehendakari and Minister of Employment and Work, Idoia Mendia, reflects significant progress in the fight for equal pay.

The reduction of the wage gap in Euskadi is not an isolated event, but the result of public policies focused on improving equity in the world of work. The decrease of six points in three years, from 22,6% in 2018 to 16,7% in 2021, is an indicator of the efforts made both at the regional and national levels. This progress is reinforced by the implementation of measures such as the increase in the interprofessional minimum wage and the obligation to carry out equality plans in companies with more than 50 workers.

La interdepartmental strategy of the Basque Government, which includes active participation of the Department of Labor and Employment, plays a crucial role in this decline. The change in the Spanish Government, with essential measures to reduce the gap, has also contributed significantly.

Challenges and measures for greater equity

Euskadi manages to reduce its wage gap to 16,7% in 2021

La wage gap, although reduced, still poses challenges. One of the main ones is bias in contracts, which disproportionately affects women. Almost a third of part-time contracts, with a difference of almost 20 points between women and men, illustrates this problem. The pension reform, which considers part-time work days as full days for retirement recognition, is a step forward in correcting this inequality.

Hen/Stag labor authorities of Euskadi have registered 865 equality plans, of which 727 are currently in force. These plans are essential to ensure equitable treatment in the workplace and to effectively address the gender gap. The next goal is to continue reducing this gap, bringing us closer to real equality.

The work for equal pay is a first-order democratic cause and an engine of competitiveness. Satisfaction with the path taken is evident, but so is self-demand for what still remains to be achieved. Awareness campaigns, the training and hiring of women in masculinized sectors and the professionalization of care work are part of the actions promoted to advance towards this objective.

Ultimately, The reduction in the wage gap in Euskadi is a clear indication that, With appropriate policies and collective commitment, equal pay is an achievable goal. This achievement not only benefits women, but also contributes to the economic and social development of the region. The challenge now is to maintain the momentum and continue working towards a more just and equitable society.

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