The European Commission marks 15 November as a symbolic day to raise awareness that female workers in Europe still earn on average less than their male colleagues.
What is the European Equal Pay Day?
In the EU, women are hourly paid 13 % less than men on average which equals 1.5 months of salary. This is the reason why 15 November 2022 was set as a symbol of women pay-equality date (this symbolic date is not necessarily the same every year, as it is calculated on the basis of the gender pay gap figures).
The Equal Pay Day in other countries
12 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Estonia, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain and Sweden) organise and have organised an Equal Pay Day according to the respective Pay Gap in their country. Various awareness-raising activities are arranged to show the negative effect of the gender pay gap. Such activities involve equal pay actions organised by trade unions, public debates, seminars and press conferences. The event aims at raising awareness on the gender pay gap.