Women’s wages in the
public sector are considerably lower than men’s, a report released Sunday
According to the annual Wage Supervisor’s Report on Public Sector
Salaries, which releases data on government employee wages a year after the
fact, a 24 percent pay gap existed between men and women on government payrolls
in 2011. Although the tax code, which favors women, narrowed the gender
gap significantly, the post-tax final take-home pay difference between men and
women remained hefty at 15%.
“There is a lot of room for improvement,”
says Kobi Amsalem, the wage supervisor at the Ministry of Finance. The reason
for the disparity is not simple wage discrimination, he is quick to add.
Instead, it reflects the fact that fewer women occupy high-ranking positions on
government payrolls. Men are also far more likely than women to work
The data in the
report covers the calendar year of 2011 only, and does not reflect a slew of
agreements reached between the Treasury and various working groups such as
nurses, social workers, and doctors, which were either signed in 2012 or had not
yet come into full force in 2011.