Belgium - Increase of wage gap between high and low paid - March 31, 2018

In a report, based on wage data of 40,000 employers, it is said that the pay differentials between the best and the poorest paid workers have increased with 5% in the last 6 years. Whilst low-paid workers were confronted with a standstill, the highest earners succeeded in substantial wage increases. Fulltime workers, belonging to the category of the 10% best paid, earned on average a monthly gross wage of 5,030 euro, an increase with 430 euro. The 10% category lowest paid received only 80 euro extra over that period, bringing the monthly gross wage at 1,790 euro. The difference widened in 2016 with 3%.

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