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1 Developing indicators for the gender pay gap and segregation Ruth Emerek FREIA (Feminist REsearch Centre In Aalborg), Aalborg University, Denmark EGGE (EU commissions Expert Group on Gender and Employment)

2 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 20082 Indicators and Gender mainstreaming Indicators are important in the EU-gender mainstreaming process “Gender mainstreaming involves not restricting efforts to promote equality to the implementation of specific measures to help women, but mobilising all general policies and measures specifically for the purpose of achieving equality by actively and openly taking into account at the planning stage their possible effects on the respective situation of men and women (gender perspective). This means systematically examining measures and policies and taking into account such possible effect when defining and implementing them” (European Commission 1996). “Gender mainstreaming may be described as “the (re)organisation improvement, development and evaluation of policy processes, so that a gender equality perspective is incorporated in all policies, at all levels and at all stages by the actors normally involved in policy making” (Council of Europe 1998: 12).

3 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 20083 Gender mainstreaming and equality Gender equality should gain from gender mainstreaming Gender mainstreaming is a gender equality strategy Gender mainstreaming is not a replacement for direct equal opportunities policy but an addition to it. Gender mainstreaming appears to be very difficult to practice for the authorities Gender mainstreaming, however, is important in a gender equality perspective An important task: to assess the gender mainstreaming processes and make sure that it is a real equality process and not just a process in ‘documentations’ and in ‘figures’!

4 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 20084 Four steps of gender mainstreaming 1. Getting organized. implementation and organization, and building awareness and ownership. 2. Learning about gender differences. to describe gender inequality with regard to participation, resources, norms and values and rights, and to evaluate trends without policy intervention. 3. Assessing the policy impact. to analyse the potential gender impact of the policy with reference to participation, resources, norms, values and rights. 4. Redesigning policy. to identify ways in which the policy could be redesigned to promote gender equality. (Gender mainstreaming of employment policies, A comparative review of thirty European countries, 2007)

5 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 20085 Step 2. Learning about gender differences This means that we have to have empirical knowledge of gender inequality – not only to figures but also the facts behind figures know how to measure inequality – or to develop new ways of measuring equality. Concentrate here on pay and segregation – As in Denmark the authorities do not mention pay gap, without saying due to gender segregation, in the same sentence. I will question the traditional acceptance of this relation

6 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 20086 Pay How do we measure the pay gap? The average difference between men’s and women’s pay in relation to men’s average pay Why not the average difference i relation to women’s average pay? Which is more transparent and shows how many percent women’s pay on average should be raised to reach the level of men’s pay. (a pay gap of 25% corresponds to an average pay raise for women of 33% to the same level as for men)

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8 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 20088 Pay The pay gap is given in unadjusted form! This means that we have to adjust this pay gap to find the ‘real’ pay gap! What are we adjusting for? Acceptable factors: Education (measured how? - by length or by area of education?) Seniority (measured how? – by years in the job at the labour market) Other acceptable factors? – Segregation – when adjusted for (and the finer the occupational categorisation the better) – the factor with the highest degree of explanation! Why not adjust for the difference between the highest and lowest income percentile when comparing countries?

9 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 20089 Segregation Segregation is normally measured by the use of indices. IP-index is used for monitoring segregation in the European employment strategy, for both occupational and sectoral segregation. The IP-index can, as the other indices, be interpreted as the proportion of the workforce (persons in employment) which would have to change jobs in order to remove segregation. The greater the equality in the distribution over occupations for women and men, the less the segregation. The IP-index will, however, increase for an increasing female share of employment up until the female share is fifty percent. A change in the IP- index may therefore be due to a change in the proportion of women in employment. Persons outside employment are not taken into account!

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12 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 200812 Methodological problems in measuring segregation 1.the indices may hide changes pulling in different directions; evidence of no change in the index does not indicate stagnation in the pattern of segregation – and vice versa. 2.the indices are dependent on the occupational classification system. (traditional male occupations in manufacturing industries are specified in detail, while female occupations are given in very broad categories). 3.the indices are dependent on the degree of categorisation – the better (that is the smaller) the categories – the higher the measure of segregation. The index of segregation does not only measure the segregation – but also level of the categorisation. 4.who should be included? – part-timers or full-timers only (do we measure segregation of persons or jobs?) 5.should unpaid work be included? – Should unemployment? 6.the convergence of indices of segregation between the countries of Europe may in fact indicate a convergence in patterns of segregation or it may be a coincidence hiding very different realities in the labour markets.

13 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 200813 Recommendations on segregation indicators In the short run indices are retained but the trends are interpreted through use of decomposition techniques - particularly for comparisons between different societies. more awareness that segregation levels are being compared across very different entities, as the scale of women’s employment, as well as the structure of the labour markets. attention should be paid to the adequacy of the occupational classification systems. segregation indices need to be combined with other types of indicators. an analysis of flows in the gender composition of occupations could provide a useful complementary measure, as shown in the next slide for Denmark. In the long run: New and appropriate tools for indicating vertical segregation need to be developed

14 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 200814 Desegregation – or de-masculinisation?

15 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 200815 Two standpoints 1.gender segregation is an indication of real gender differences, related to discrimination of women in the male-dominated labour market and causes gender wage differences. 2.gender segregation is not the central problem, the wage gap could and should be removed by other means than by creating a gender homogeneous labour market. In my opinion: Gender segregation is not an acceptable excuse for unequal pay – it is simply an attempt to explain away the relatively lower pay in part of the public sector – where real wage-negotiation (and strike) is difficult due to the nature of the work (nurses, midwifes, etc.)

16 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 200816 The end Thank you for listening

17 Ruth EmerekLancaster June 200817 IP-segregation index Where: F the total number of females in employment, F i the number of females in occupation i N the total number in employment and N i the total number in occupation i.

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