More high-tech jobs give men salary edge over women
The starting gross salary of women with an academic degree was NIS 8,000 in the second quarter of 2009, compared with NIS 14,000 for men, according to a study by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor Research and Economics Administration.
The study attributes the salary gap to the few women in high tech. More than 65% of engineers and computer engineers, the highest earning professions, are men.
The study says that the salary gap between men and women narrows considerably when the starting salaries of all men and women are compared: the average gross salary for women was NIS 5,170 in the second quarter, 5% less than the NIS 5,450 average gross salary for men.
Belying an earlier report, which claimed that women were worse affected by the economic crisis, this study found that considerably more men lost their jobs than women. This was because there were more men than women working in high tech, where jobs are more unstable. Women tend to work more in more secure service jobs, such as education.
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