Gender pay gap in the UK is 16.01%
New research from William Russell revealed the countries around the world that are the most empowering countries for women to live and work – and the UK didn’t make the list.
To score countries and rank them, the team at William Russell looked at a number of factors to create the Female Empowerment Score including:
- Gender Pay Gap
- The proportion of women who achieve tertiary education
- The length of paid maternity leave
- Female representation in government
The 10 best countries for female empowerment:
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- Iceland topped the list as the most female-friendly place to live and work, with a female empowerment score of 7.64. This Nordic island nation is well known for its progressive views and welcoming culture with more than half of adult women having achieved tertiary education such as a university degree.
- Finland took second place with a score of 7.62. Finland has achieved excellent representation for women in its government, with 50% of all ministerial positions occupied by women.
- Ireland takes third place, with a female empowerment score of 7.22. Ireland has a relatively low gender wage gap of 7.99% and a very competitive 182 days of paid maternity leave for new mothers.
The research also revealed the following:
- The average gender wage gap around the world is 28%, the UK is above that with 16.01%.
- The length of paid maternity leave is different all around the world, the average is 6 days. The UK is less than half of that with 42 days, Slovakia gives the most with 238 days.
- The % of women who achieved tertiary education in the UK (47.7%), is higher than the global average (40.7%). Israel is at the top with 88%.
- The global average for the proportion of women in ministerial positions is 34.44%. The UK is beneath that with 23.81%, whereas Belgium comes out on top with 57.14%.
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