Gender pay gap: Wage gap in student jobs very small

Gender pay gap: Wage gap in student jobs very small

Every year, the International Women's Day is an occasion to draw attention to the unequal treatment of men and women. Particularly when it comes to pay, the differences are still serious in some cases. In many cases, women earn significantly less than men in the same jobs. But what about student part-time jobs?

Small gender pay gap in student jobs
The gender pay gap in student part-time jobs is minimal: the pay gap to the disadvantage of women is less than one percent. The data on part-time student jobs was collected as part of the survey of around 22,000 students in the period March/April and September/October 2021 in the study series Fachkraft 2030 (Maastricht University & Jobvalley).
Another piece of good news is that a trend is emerging, as recently as 2013 the wage advantage for men was 3.6 percent, they earned 33 cents more an hour. Since 2018, there has been a positive trend. Meanwhile, male students earn 0.7 cents more per hour compared to female students.
In IT and software, female students earn 12.70 euros per hour, even more than male students, whose average salary is only 12.53 euros. In catering, the hourly wage is identical for students.

Women underestimate their entry-level salary
Not only the salary paid, but also the expectations of women differ from those of men. While men overestimate themselves by about 5,000 euros, women think they are entitled to about 4,000 euros less than they actually end up earning on average.
Another reason for the large wage gap is that women more often work in sectors, professions and job levels where pay is lower. In addition, the proportion of women working part-time is also higher. This in turn leads to them having lower average gross hourly earnings.
In summary, there is a very big difference between the gender pay gap in part-time student jobs and in further career progression. While the gender pay gap is minimal during studies, the unadjusted gender pay gap was 18 percent in 2022. Even though a positive trend can be seen in the long term, there is still much to be done to achieve full gender equality.

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