Pay gap persists between men and women

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Women in Norway continue to earn just 86 percent of what men in Norway take home in terms of average monthly earnings. The latest figures from 2016, compiled by statistics bureau SSB, indicate that the pay gap has narrowed, however, and pay growth for women has been a bit higher than for men since 2000.

Women’s average monthly earnings amounted to 83.5 percent of men’s in 2000, compared to 86.1 percent in 2016. SSB attributed the rise to the fact that more women than men are now completing higher education.

Six out of every 10 leaders are still men, while women dominate in the sales- and service-oriented workforce. That can contribute to the lower pay for women, while many women also choose to work in lower-paid fields like education and health care.

newsinenglish.no staff