Although a gender salary gap persists in Slovakia at about 20 percent, the gap has decreased by one-fifth in the past five years, states a document drafted by the Labour Ministry and approved by the government on June 27, the TASR newswire reported.
The document states that even though women have very good educational levels that are often higher than those of men, women earn less because education in certain fields typical for women is less valued.
"Stereotypes and misconceptions about jobs suitable for women are reflected in the fields of study that young people choose," states the report, as quoted by TASR, stressing that the gender pay gap again shows up in pension levels.
The ministry document reports that women make up 80 percent of the people employed in health care, social work and education. "However, when it comes to the private sector, where salaries are higher, women represent only 42 percent of all employees," the report states, as quoted by TASR.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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