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Why women earn less than their male counterparts in South Africa

The South African gender pay gap is estimated, on average, to be between 15%-17%.

The principle of equal pay for equal value remains elusive in the country and across the globe.

(Also read our article: Report says SA women still earn on average 15% less for doing same jobs as men)

Women continue to earn less than their male counterparts despite the enactment of legislation to promote equality.

Presenter Africa Melane spoke with Professor Anita Bosch, lead researcher for the Women in the Workplace research programme, about the persistent gender pay gap.

There are various reasons for the disparity. Most of them are historic an the rest relate to the norms of society. It is such an ingrained problem and stems from the way that we have been socialised.

Professor Anita Bosch, Women in the Workplace programme researcher

According to Bosch, women's skills are undervalued and therefore directly affect their perceived worth and income skills.

Bosch says that if the gap persists, a South African woman would never catch up with her male colleague.

Ultimately she loses out on pension and other benefits that are coupled to her basic salary.

Besides the financial losses that she incurs, the emotional fairness of the pay gap is quite difficult to accept.

For more information, read the 2015 Women's Report by the South African Board for People's Practices (SABPP).

Listen to the full conversation, with Africa Melane standing in, on The Redi Tlhabi Show:


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