Singaporean women earn 6% less than men

Women working in Singapore earn 6% less in medium salary compared to men, according to the latest report by the Ministry of Manpower.
By: | January 13, 2020

If you’re a woman working in Singapore, you are earning 6% or an average of $342 less in median monthly salary than men who are working in similar roles.

That’s according to the latest report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on January 9 which looked at data of full-time workers aged between 25 and 64 from 33,000 households for the year of 2018.

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The figure is adjusted after taking into account factors such as the worker’s industry, occupation, age and education. The adjusted gender pay gap is a “better measure of whether men and women are paid equally for doing similar work”, MOM said in a press release.

The unadjusted medium pay gap between both genders is 16.3%.

The study says the unadjusted pay gap is largely down to the tendency for men and women to work in different occupations, as women tend to be in educational, healthcare and administrative fields, while men dominate top executive and technical roles.

The figure is comparable to the average global gender pay gap of 16.1% but higher than the Asia average of 15% based on the Korn Ferry Gender Pay Index in 2018.