Minimum wage—yet another gender divide? | Carlos Vacas-Soriano


Despite the progress in statutory minimum wages across many European Union member states over the last decade, there are important divides. In 2019, around 7 per cent of employees in the EU were statutory minimum-wage earners—earning no more than 10 per cent above or below the minimum wage rate in each member state. Across countries, this rate ranges from 10-15 per cent in some central- and eastern-European member states (Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and Lithuania) and Portugal to less than 4 per cent in Czechia, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

Against a background of generally notable minimum-wage hikes in many member states over the last decade—with statutory rates growing faster than average wages in most cases—a growing share of employees have fallen within the range of statutory minimum-wage levels. The 7 per cent proportion of minimum-wage earners in the EU is an increase from 5.5 per cent in 2010.

Source: Minimum wage—yet another gender divide? – Carlos Vacas-Soriano

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