Belgium - Self-employed men earn 50% more than women - November 30, 2016

Pay gaps between men and women are steadily shrinking. However, for the self-employed, income disparities remain extremely high, according to the figures from the National Institute for the Self-employed Social Security (INASTI). The data show that self-employed men earn an average 50% more than their female colleagues. Part of the gap between the two groups is explained by the pay differences in the sectors in which men and women choose to work. However, there are also differences within the same sector. In retail, for example, a man earns an average of 11,000 euro per year more than a woman.

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