Latvia's gender pay gap above EU average

Data published by Eurostat February 29 reveals that in 2022 the unadjusted gender pay gap in Latvia was 17.1% (provisional figure).

That is the ninth-largest gap in the European Union. Estonia recorded the largest gender pay gap (21.3%) while at the other end of the scale Luxembourg recorded a 0.7% gender pay gap in favor of women rather than men.

The average figure for the European Union as a whole was 12.7% in favor of men – exactly the same figure as in 2021.

In 2021 Latvia's figure was 14.6% – but a year before that it was 22.3%. Over the last 16 years, the figure has tended to fluctuate. Back in 2008 it was as low as 11.8%, but in both 2019 and 2020 was over 20%.

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The unadjusted Gender Pay Gap (GPG) represents the difference between average gross hourly earnings of male paid employees and of female paid employees as a percentage of average gross hourly earnings of male paid employees.

However, it is worth noting the figures relate to the industry, construction and services sectors but do not include public administration, defense and copulsory social security sectors).

Unadjusted gender pay gap, 2022
Unadjusted gender pay gap, 2022

The Eurostat release restates data already released by Latvia's national statistics office, as previously reported by LSM, but allows clearer comparison with other EU member states.

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