Kai Joost, Baltic Reports
TALLINN — Estonia’s gender pay gap, the highest in the European Union according to Eurostat with women earning an average of 30 percent less than men, evened by one-third in 2009.
The changes are from domestic numbers, not Brussels, as Estonia’s Social Insurance Fund data shows that while in 2007 women paid 31 percent less social tax than men but in 2009 the difference was below 20 percent. During the same time period the income of Estonian men decreased and the unemployment rate among men overshot that of women, mostly from the collapse of the construction sector that was hammered by the economic crisis.
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Estonia improves on gender pay gap