Women on the labor market: they work more and earn less

The gender gap is one of the constants in the labor market in Colombia and despite the progress made, there are still differences between the conditions faced by women and men to date.

“If you ask me if I feel discriminated against because of my status as a woman in terms of pay, the answer is yes. In the company there are several men who perform the same functions as me and earn much more,” says Marbel Martínez, an employee in a commercial company in Barranquilla.

The situation that occurs at Marbel is not exclusive to a company, a sector or a region, it is a characteristic of the labor market that persists in the country.

A study by BBVA Research indicates that in 2020 for every $100 a man received for work, women received $94.2, which is 6% less.

For Juana Téllez, BBVA Research’s chief economist for Colombia, making the numbers on labor issues affecting women visible is key “to continue striving for greater gender equality that increases women’s participation and inclusion and enhances the positive effects this has not only on themselves and their families, but also on the companies and the country.If more women participate and are involved in the productive decisions of the country, the growth of the economy will be promoted”.

In addition, the Colombian Federation of Human Management (Acrip) revealed that according to the results of the 47th edition of the National Investigation of Benefits and Salaries (2022), relative to an average monthly base salary, women earn nearly $1,197,000, while men earn to $1,428,316.

When analyzing the total monthly compensation, it turns out that women earn an average of $1,787,106 and men earn $2,047,954.

Gladys Vega, president of Acrip, said that “governments and business continue to make efforts to close the gender pay gap, but with this research we show that there is still a way to go to achieve total justice. We have women are needed to get better opportunities, not only in terms of salary, but also in their participation in and leadership in companies, which is a challenge that the new cabinet must pay close attention to.”

Source: El heraldo