The Daily Telegraph

French women face 1,000-year pay gap

- By James Crisp Brussels Correspond­ent

WOMEN in France face a wait of more than 1,000 years be­fore they get equal pay at cur­rent rates of change, trade unions warned yes­ter­day.

Bri­tish women will have to wait 58 years, un­til 2078, to close the gen­der pay gap. Ger­mans must wait un­til the next cen­tury and 2121, 43 years af­ter the UK.

But the pay gap is ac­tu­ally get­ting big­ger in nine EU coun­tries – Ire­land, Bul­garia, Croa­tia, Latvia, Lithua­nia, Malta, Poland, Por­tu­gal and Slove­nia – re­search by the Euro­pean Trade Union Con­fed­er­a­tion has found.

Ro­ma­nia should be the first EU coun­try to elim­i­nate the gen­der gap, by 2022 if cur­rent trends con­tinue. Bel­gium is on course to fol­low, with pay equal­ity in 2028.

But the salary gap is nar­row­ing so slowly in France, at a rate of just 0.1 per cent since 2010, that at cur­rent rates, French women will have to wait at least 1,000 years for equal­ity.

The French pay gap was 15.6 per cent in 2010. By 2018, it was 15.5 per cent. In the UK it was 23.3 per cent in 2010 and 19.9 per cent in 2018.

Eleven EU mem­ber states are ex­pected to close the gap be­fore Bri­tain, in­clud­ing Greece, Hun­gary, The Nether­lands, Aus­tria and the Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries.

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