Singapore Has A Gender Pay Gap Of 12.8%: Glassdoor Report
Last year, Singaporean women earned about 12.8% less than men – roughly 87 cents for every S$1 earned by men in terms of median pay.
According to the Glassdoor report, Progress on the Gender Pay Gap: 2019, the average base pay was S$71,631 per year for men and S$61,653 for women. That’s a difference of S$9,978 in base pay.
Why does the gap exist?
After applying controls for age, education, years of experience and job title, the pay gap shrinks to 5.2%. This is roughly on par with other countries like the UK and the US.
The report suggests that of the overall 12.8% pay gap, 60% of the gap is explained by differences in worker characteristics, such as the sorting of men and women into different industries and occupations (16%) and differences in education and experience (45%).
However, the remaining 40% of the gap is unexplained, and could be attributed to unobserved factors like negotiation gaps or workplace bias.