Mineral extraction, the water boards, the national and provincial governments pay relatively good salaries compared to other sectors in the Netherlands, but the pay gap between men and women is also large in these sectors. This is apparent from the biennial National Salary Survey by Intermediair and Nyenrode Business University, for which 30,000 salaried employees were surveyed. The study compares the median gross annual salary of men and women by industry. This is the middle measurement in a row that goes from low to high. The mineral extraction sector is the number 1 sector, where on average both men and women are paid the highest salary. However, the income of women is clearly much lower than that of men in the sector. The notable numbers 2 and 3 are the water boards and the central government. The median annual salary for men and women is even higher here than in high-paying legal jobs and the ICT sector. It is also noticeable among these employers that there is a clear pay gap between men and women. The sectors with the smallest differences in salary between men and women are advertising (EUR 33,885 / EUR 33,584), real estate (EUR 35,983 / EUR 33,584), other government (EUR 43,499 / EUR 42,324) and the judiciary (EUR 41,714). /39,309 euros).
The gender pay gap is falling, but still at 5%
The gender pay gap has fallen over the past two years from eight percent in 2019 to five percent this year. The median gross annual salary for all women in the study is EUR 35,066 and EUR 37,650 for men.
If this is further broken down by education level, the difference in salary among highly educated men and women in particular increases sharply. The median for highly educated women is 43,701 euros and that for highly educated men is 49,803 euros, a difference of twelve percent. Only in the age group 20 to 35 years are the differences between men and women small, the rest of the time men earn more than women. For women and men with a medium education, the median gross annual salary is EUR 31,465 and EUR 33,885 respectively, a difference of seven percent. The difference is smallest in the less well-educated group, where women earn 27,584 euros annually and men 29,045 euros, a difference of five percent. According to Jaap van Muijen, Professor of Organizational Psychology, who conducted the research for Nyenrode, the narrowing gap between the salaries of less-educated men and women can be explained because there are fewer career opportunities within those jobs. “These salaries are therefore much closer to each other.Nearly a quarter of women and 20 percent of men are active in job hunting. The reason for this is the hope of a better salary, because 1 in 5 employees is not satisfied with his or her current income. “Although we are generally quite satisfied with our current benefits package, and therefore salary, the main reason for switching jobs is still money. And that is not surprising in this time,” van Muijen told RTL Nieuws