Women in the health sector underpaid compared to men

A new report published by the United Nations highlights gaps in wages between women and men working in the health sector. Women thus earn 24% less than their male counterparts.

A comprehensive global analysis of gender pay gaps in the health and care sector reveals that pay inequalities to the detriment of women are greater than in other economic sectors, according to a joint report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The paper notes that women working in the health and care sector face a larger pay gap than in other economic sectors, earning on average 24% less than their male counterparts.

“These results show that women are underpaid compared to men in the labor market,” say the authors of the document.

Noting that the reasons for this wage gap still remain unexplained, the report suggests possible discrimination against women, who represent 67% of health and care personnel worldwide.

The report also finds that wages in the health and care sector tend to be lower overall than in other economic sectors: a finding consistent with the fact that wages are often lower in economic sectors where women predominate. .

Entitled “The gender pay gap in health and care: Analysis of the situation in the world in the era of COVID-19”, the document also points out that despite the pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers, equal pay saw only marginal improvements between 2019 and 2020.

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