According to a report released by the Department of Labor, the gender pay gap in the United States fell to an all-time low, now women earn about $84 cents for every $1 that men earn in a full time job.
According to federal data, the average weekly check is $1,001 for women and $1,185 for men. “Women are getting more education and having children later, so they’re focusing on their careers,” Julia Pollak, ZipRecruiter’s chief economist, told CBS.
Although the salary gap remains, there are several factors that influence so that it is reduced more and more. “The rules are changing. more fathers are involved in childcare and women are increasingly entering male-dominated fieldssuch as construction, information technology,” said Pollak.
Other factors that have positively influenced is the change to remote work that generates a lot of flexibility in some tasks, so women from home, They can take care of the home, the children without neglecting their professional careers.
The specialist also highlights that the pandemic was of great help for the insertion of women in the labor market since many sectors such as health, administration, among others, were dominated by women, added Pollak, while mentioning that “the younger generation sees itself as a career woman first, and demands to be treated equally in the workplace,” she said.
Data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the first week of July showed that the labor participation rate for women in the United States increased to one of its all-time highs, standing at 77.8%.
Finally, the analyst pointed out that even if the wage gap persists for a few more years, a difference in income can already be noticed for women in the age range of 16 to 24 years. Furthermore, she suggested that When in doubt about whether they are being well paid in their workplace, it is important to investigate, “Getting informed first, knowing what the salary is for that position, is crucial so that you can negotiate and give your best,” he said.
Source: La Opinion