Maltese gender pay gap seems to favour men

In Malta the average gender pay gap is 11% for the four occupational groups analysed. In none of these professions a gender pay gap in favour of women was found.

The highest reading obtained is a 21% wage difference for Service and sales workers. The next highest identifiable gender pay gap is 17% for Elementary occupations. The lowest gender pay gap is a 2% difference for Professionals.

For a better understanding of the occupational wage differences in Malta, more data is needed.

The average gender pay gap for the ten analysed occupational groups is 11%. A national average, compiled with 2013 data by Eurostat, indicates a gender pay gap of 5.1% only. This difference between the two composite averages suggests that there are still other occupational groups in Denmark where the gender pay gap is smaller wider than the ones presented in the table below.

Where does the gender pay gap come from?

The gender pay gap is defined as unequal pay for work of equal value which is performed with the same skills and qualifications. This pay gap results from gender segregation attitudes and practices. These attitudes and practices reinforce the existing unequal development opportunities for men and women, as well as unjustified remuneration within occupational groups and professions. Note that the gender pay gaps portrayed below are for the analysed occupations and professions only.

Table 1. Gender pay gap for large occupational groups in Malta

Occupation Male Female Total Gender pay gap
  Median gr wage €/hr Median gr wage €/hr Median gr wage €/hr % Difference
Professionals 12.32 12.02 12.17 2%
Clerical support workers 7.84 7.42 7.63 5%
Service and sales workers 8.22 6.52 7.37 21%
Elementary occupations 6.2 5.12 5.66 17%

Source: EU SILC 2013 Dataset

The gender pay gap was obtained through a comparison of the gender-specific gross median wages and dividing the resulting difference by the male median wage. All occupational groups in the table have at least 10 observations for both male and female respondents.

What is the WITA-Gender Pay Gap project?

With Innovative Tools Against Gender Pay Gap – WITA GPG (January 2015 - December 2016) aims to make a significant contribution in reducing the large and enduring gender pay gap. It is made possible by the European Commission PROGRESS program Action Grant nr. 4000004929. One of the activities is to compare male and female wages at the level of occupational groups and release the results for publication at the national WageIndicator websites of all 28 EU-member states and Turkey, as well as dissemination though press releases.

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