Gender pay gap in Italy 2018

In 2018, women in Italy earned annually about 2.7 thousand euros less than men. However, the gender pay gap decreased in the last years. In 2018, it amounted to ten percent in favor of men, whereas the difference in 2016 was equal to 12.7 percent. According to JobPricing, the annual gross salary of women amounted to 27.6 thousand euros in 2018. On the other hand, men had an average annual salary of 30.4 thousand euros.

Differences in the sectors

Different sectors registered various levels of pay gaps. For instance, in the banking and financial services, the difference in between the salaries of men and women favored men of up to 8.4 thousand euros in 2018. However, in a sector such as the construction industry, women earned, on average, 5.9 thousand euros more than men. Nonetheless, in the field of metallurgy and steel, women and men were equally paid.

Regional differences

In Italy, significant wage differences can also be observed among regions. As of 2019, the North Italians regions registered higher average annual salaries compared to the Southern regions. The Northern region of Lombardy had notably the highest average wages in the country. On the other hand, people living in Basilicata, a southern region of Italy, had the lowest wages of the country.

Gender pay gap in Italy in 2018

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