Why there is still a gender pay gap in Singapore

Recent research shows that Singapore has an adjusted gender median pay gap of 6 per cent, lower than in the US and Canada, but still reason to look at how social norms and policies can change to reduce the gap

Every now and then, the gender pay gap captures the public's attention. The gender pay gaps between news anchors; athletes; and even celebrities sometimes provoke public indignation, with some quick to point out the "injustice" and call for it to be eliminated. However, this could be too simplistic a view to take, and may not be necessarily appropriate in the context of Singapore's labour market.

To understand why pay gaps remain in Singapore's labour market, we should first look at the remarkable progress that women have made so far.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2020, with the headline 'Why there is still a gender pay gap in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe