In 2020, women in Italy earned annually about 3.1 thousand euros less than men. However, the gender pay gap decreased in the last years. In 2020, it amounted to about 11.5 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 27.4 thousand euros in 2019. 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 several thousand euros in 2019. Nonetheless, in very few fields the gap is in favor of women. In the construction industry, women earned, on average, around five thousand euros more than men. In some sectors, the gap between the salaries was very slight or equal. For instance, in the field of metallurgy and steel, women and men were equally paid.
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.
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