Swiss parliament to decide on equal pay measures
Swiss companies with 50 employees or more may have to carry out a so-called ‘gender wage audit’, detailing how much they pay female staff compared to men.
Cabinet has presented a bill to parliament calling for firms to be transparent when it comes to pay differences between men and women, with the suggestion that a gender wage audit is carried out every four years and made available to staff and shareholders.
A survey by the Federal Statistical Office, published three years ago, found that, between 2010 and 2012, men received 18.9% more in wages than women. Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said yesterday that the wage gap is currently about 7.4%.
The right to equal pay was enshrined in the Swiss constitution 36 years ago but remains a major problem when it comes to enforcement.