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Gender wage gap largest among OECD members

By Lee Sun-young

Korea’s workplace pay gap between men and women is the largest among the 21 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, data showed yesterday.
According to the OECD, Korean women earn 38 percent less than their male counterparts. It is more double the OECD average of 17.6 percent.
The study was based on wages earned by full-time year-round workers between 2003 and 2006. The Korean data was from 2006.
Japan has the second-largest gender pay gap of 33 percent, while Belgium reported the lowest disparity at 9.3 percent.
In the United States and the United Kingdom, women earn about 20 percent less than men.
Korea’s gender wage gap has narrowed since 2006, albeit slowly, the government said yesterday.
Still, workplaces remain largely dominated by men and authorities are making efforts to improve workplace gender equality, the Finance Ministry said.