Women in Germany still earn far less on average than men, official data have shown. Structural labor market reforms appear to have been too timid to result in a narrower gender pay gap in Europe's power house.
There was no change in the gender pay gap in Germany last year, the National Statistics Office, Destatis, reported Monday.
It said female workers on average received 22 percent less in gross wages than their male counterparts. For women, Destatis calculated an average hourly gross wage of 15.83 euros ($16.65), while men's comparable earnings per hour stood at 20.20 euros.
The stats office noted that the gender difference thus stayed unchanged for the fifth consecutive year.
It pointed out that the pay gap was particularly high in western Germany where women received 23 percent less than men, while in the new eastern states there was only a 9-percent difference.
Industries dominated by men saw wages rising at a much faster pace than in sectors such as health and social services that do not pay as well and have a high proportion of female employees.