Men receive 23% higher total wages than women according to a new report from the Commercial Workers’ Union of Reykjavík (VR). The gender wage disparity when adjusted for age, seniority, hours worked, profession and education is 14% and has not changed in the last 3 years.
The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV) reports Gunnar Páll Pálsson, director of VR saying that the results are a great disappointment.
VR has launched an ad campaign against wage disparity called “Don´t let looks deceive you”. It features several well-known Icelanders dressed up as members of the other sex. The cross dressers include Iceland’s minister of education, Thorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, the leader of the Social Democrats, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir and former talk show host, Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, now running for mayor of Reykjavík.