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Korea's gender-wage gap widest

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JoongAng Daily
Publication Date: 
3 Apr 2010

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The wage gap between Korean male and female workers is the highest
among key industrialized economies, a report by the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development showed yesterday.

The report, released to mark this year's International Women's
Day, revealed that of the 21 OECD countries checked, South Korea had
the widest disparity between genders.

The report was based on reference data collected from the 21
countries compiled from 2003 through 2006, with OECD members such as
Turkey, Mexico, Iceland and the Slovak Republic not being tallied.

According to the findings, women employed as regular workers received on average 38 percent less than their male counterparts.
This is far higher than the average for the OECD members checked that stood at 17.6 percent.

Japan came in second in terms of wage disparity, with women
making 33.0! percent less than men, followed by Germany, Canada and

The difference in Germany stood at 23.0 percent, while that for Canada and Britain reached 21.0 percent each.

For the United States, the average wage gap was 19.0 percent,
with Belgium having the least disparity with a male employee making 9.3
percent more than a female.

- reprinted from the JoongAng Daily

Entered Date: 
7 Apr 2010
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