Women earn nearly a third less than men on average in South Africa, according to the latest tax statistics published by the South African Revenue Service (Sars).
In 2013, the average taxable income for women was R193 908 a year, or about R16 000 a month. Men earned on average R254 347 a year, or about R21 000 a month.
This puts South Africa pretty much at the top end of the global gender wage gap. An International Labour Organisation analysis of 83 countries shows that, globally, women in paid work earn on average between 10% and 30% less than men, and research by the International Trade Union Confederation and Incomes Data Services puts the global gender wage gap at an average of 22.4% and South Africa’s at 33.5%.
Read it at the M&G.
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