Women earn 20 pct less than men in Brazil: statistics
Brazilian women earn an average 79.5 percent of the wages earned by men, the country's official statistics agency IBGE said, Trend reported citing Xinhua.
According to a IBGE report released on the International Women's Day, the average pay of Brazilian male workers in 2018 was 2,579 reals (666 U.S. dollars), a gap of 20.5 percent compared with 2,050 reals (529 dollars) for female workers in the country.
The figures show a slight improvement from 2017, when women earned an average 78.3 percent of the average salary of men in Brazil, but the gap remains high, the report said.
Among women in military, police and firefighter careers, salaries are much more equal and they earn an average 100.7 percent of the average salaries of men. That occurs because those careers are in public service, where salaries are equal regardless of gender, according to IBGE.
On the other hand, in science and academic careers, women earn an average 64.8 percent of the salaries of their male counterparts.
In addition, the wage gap increases as workers become older, the report said. Women aged 25-29 earned an average 86.9 percent of men's salaries in Brazil in 2018. On the other hand, in the 40-49 years age bracket, women's salaries fell to 74.9 percent of men's.
There are also gaps related to skin color: the wage gap among white Brazilians was bigger than among black and brown citizens. White Brazilian women earned an average 76.2 percent of white men's wages, while non-white women earned 80.1 percent of non-white men's wages.
According to IBGE, that may be due to black and brown people being more often employed in minimum and low-wage jobs.