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Gender Gap in Public Sector Up

The gender pay gap in the Icelandic public sector increased again last year. While men had 10 percent higher wages than women in comparable jobs in 2011, this ratio dropped to 7 percent in 2012 but rose to 10 percent again last year, ruv.is reports.

Árni Stefán Jónsson, chair of the Union of Public Servants (SFR) told ruv.is that men manage to obtain bonuses, company cars or paid overtime more often than women.

In Árni’s opinion, it is the government’s duty to take measures against this gender-based discrimination. “I don’t know what employer would be better suited [to take action] than the state, because the state has an overview over all payments made by its departments and can … review them and point out what isn’t right,” he said.

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