Fair Pay a European Race to Equality and Equal Opportunities for All

Fair pay is discussed in many countries around the world – from the USA and […]

Policy Brief

09/11/2021

Fair pay is discussed in many countries around the world – from the USA and Canada to New Zealand and to Europe. Many approaches have been practiced ensuring fair pay across organizations. Transparency, regular pay analysis, and neutral job evaluation systems have proven most successful.

In 2021, the European Commission proposed a new road to fair pay in the EU combining all these policy instruments in a directive to drive the gender pay gaps down.

The discussion on policy instruments reveals also the challenges laying ahead: Iceland – as the first country – has enshrined an intersectional approach to fair pay in its legal requirements and the European parliament is stressing the intersectional nature of the issue.

Read the Policy Brief | Version Française

Additionally, the discussion on the value of work and how to measure jobs has been brought to a new level. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the value of mostly female-dominated jobs has been unfolded and the discussion on undervaluing has gained new impetus.

Now is the time to trigger real change on fair pay – with binding measures and sanctions in case of non- compliance. And it is also the time to discuss systemic changes. Analyzing pay structures and implementing fair pay is the first step in starting this process. Paying everyone fairly is not only a women’s issue but concerns everyone: ensuring fairness for all employees in every company has far reaching consequences and is key for equality and equal opportunities for all, no matter where they come from, who they love, or what they believe in, whether they have children or not, or how old they are.

 

Related publications
16/02/2022

Creating Momentum for Fair Pay: Assessing Policies with Leverage

Fair pay is discussed in many countries around the world – from the USA and […]
Find all related publications
Publications
23/10/2022

The EU and gender equality

FEPS Primers Series - Agnes Hubert
07/09/2022

The structure of care work and inequalities among care workers

Care4Care Series
07/09/2022

Defining Care: conceptualisations and particularities

Care4Care Series
07/09/2022

Recognising and rewarding care work: the role of public policies

Care4Care Series
Find all related events
Events
Past
21/09/2022
FEPS Headquarters (Closed-door)

Care4Care Lunch Seminar

EU Care Strategy: A Chance to Trigger Inclusive Care for All?
20/09/2022
Online

Gender inequalities in the labour market

Employment Policy Breakfast Series
25 - 27/08/2022
Korčula (Croatia)

Korčula School 2022: Transforming Politics Through a Gender Lens

2022 marks the 11th edition of the Korčula School Think Tank. The programme was designed to […]
Find all related news
News
03/03/2022

EU Care Atlas: how care deficits impact the gender earnings gap

While the attention is often focused on the gender pay gap (which averages 13% in […]
02/12/2021

FEPS Joins the Brussels Binder Think Tank Network

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Brussels Binder commit to strengthening their […]
Find all related in the media
In the media

Pay transparency can help close the gender pay gap but at what cost?

by Euronews 31/08/2022

How many inequalities can the world fight at the same time?

by Social Europe 07/07/2022

Rebutting the assaults on gender equality

by Social Europe 08/03/2022

La cúpula de la UE también es de cristal: 4 mujeres entre los 28 representantes

by La Información 11/06/2019