Is there a Gender Pay Gap?
The Gender Pay Gap is largely a myth.
The adjusted pay gap figure ranges between 0.5-4%. The reported gender pay gap across western nations of 8-20% is an unadjusted figure. It does not does not account for factors such as the number of hours worked, time off work (eg. maternity leave), and different career choices.
There is a global gender pay gap
Every country in the world has a gender pay gap. It varies by region and by country, but men are paid more in each case. The average gap between male and female earnings is around 32% (2018).
There is a Gender Pay Gap that penalises women across western nations
The unadjusted pay gap across western nations ranges from 5-20%. Even adjusted figures show the different value places on male vs female employment. Women (mothers above all) also do more unpaid labour and don't receive the same career opportunities as their male counterparts.
Even in a largely gender-blind industry, a pay-gap emerged.
A 2019 Uber study found that a 7% pay gap between men and women emerged in a gig-economy dictated by gender-blind algorithms. The study concluded the gap can be entirely attributed to experience on the platform, preferences over where to work and preferences for driving speed.