Just 7% of women negotiate for higher salaries

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In Latvia, men earn an average 10% more than women do. When starting work, 57% of men negotiate for their salary compared to just 7% of women who do the same, according to research by the Fontes consultation firm.

"One of the tendencies that other research shows too is that men are more assertive in asking for a salary [raise]. They ask with view of the potential, over what they will do and learn. While women, more often, ask for a pay raise when they've proven themselves already," said Anta Praņēviča, head of the research department at Fontes in an interview with Latvian Radio September 11.

While men earn 10% more than women do, she said, the wage gap is prevalent for similar jobs, even within the same company - the difference is at a whopping 25% for people who have just entered the job market, like after graduating from the university.

Currently companies have trouble finding young specialists and low-qualified workers. There's still a shortage of IT employees, engineers, risk management specialists and analysts, Fontes says.

Wages grew an average 6.3% last year in Latvia.

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