Should women be paid less?
Women earn 25% less salary than men in India, while a majority of the female workforce feels their male counterparts get more promotion opportunities. According to the Monster Salary Index’ (MSI) on gender, the pay gap is widest in the manufacturing and IT sectors, while pegging the overall median gross hourly salary of women employees at Rs 259.8, as against Rs 345.80 for men. So, when a Polish politician said that women should be paid less, we were reminded of three polish women who have stood out in their fields. Meanwhile, findings from a survey by Monster India, “Women of India Inc” said about 68.5 per cent women of India inc feel that gender parity is still a concern and the managements need to ‘walk-the-talk’. Despite conversations on equal pay and initiatives being taken to create a more inclusive environment, 62.4 per cent women feel that their male counterparts get more promotions opportunities and gender continues to play a role in deciding promotions along with other parameters. The survey was conducted on Monster India’s database capturing responses from over 2000 working women. Over 68.5 per cent respondents expressed that even if gender parity is a priority, the management does not walk the talk and there isn’t any change in the situation. It further said that it’s not just ‘glass ceilings’, but also ‘glass floors’, ‘glass doors’ and ‘glass walls’ at the workplace.