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earningsThe Citizen reports that according to the 2018 World Economic Forum Global Gender Report, SA is ranked 19th out of 149 countries on gender equality, but its rankings plunge to 117th on wage equality for similar work.  

Anita Bosch, associate professor in organisational behaviour and leadership at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, comments:  “South Africa’s labour market has changed a little in the past decade – remaining more favourable to men, who are more likely to be in paid employment than women, regardless of race.”  She notes that women’s lower level of education is “often cited as a reason for lower pay”, despite South African women graduating at the same rate, “or better than men in higher-paid fields such as commerce, science, engineering and technology”.  In her latest research on the gender pay gap in SA, Bosch has implored corporate board members and investors to exercise “responsible activism” in addressing gender-based wage inequality in the companies they lead or invest in.  “As directors and shareholders, they have rights and responsibilities that can be used to positively influence organisations to take a stand against pay discrimination,” Bosch points out.

  • Read the full original of Brian Sokut’s report on this issue at The Citizen
  • Read too, Wage gender inequality worsens in SA, on page 20 of The Citizen of 16 April 2019


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