Women in Singapore earn 9% less than men

Experts say career breaks to look after family, less training among reasons for gender pay gap

Experts told The Straits Times that this is likely due to more women taking a career break to look after their families, which results in them having less training and work experience.
Experts told The Straits Times that this is likely due to more women taking a career break to look after their families, which results in them having less training and work experience. PHOTO: ST FILE

Despite years of talk about gender equality, a woman working in Singapore still earns less than a man, in general. For some occupations, the pay gap at the median wage was a whopping 35 to 50 per cent in June 2017, based on the latest official data from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Overall, the median monthly salary of a woman in full-time work was 9 per cent, or $410, less than a man in full-time work.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2019, with the headline 'Women earn 9% less than men'. Subscribe