Still, the work of women worth less than men’s. With 20 percent less pay received in Switzerland in the year 2016, as the Federal office for statistics (BFS) announced this week. Often be specified the following reasons for this: women focus on the family, therefore, have less often high-paying leadership positions, and invest less in their training and work more often in part-time. This is a purely private Problem.

But the Figures speak a different language, with Almost half of the wage difference, according to the new statistics of the FSO is not by such external factors. And a recent study even comes to the conclusion that A large part of the difference in Pay in Switzerland arises simply due to discrimination against women.

In the study, sociologists from the universities of Lausanne and Munich, as young Swiss between the ages of 20 and 30 were paid, even before family obligations were important in life. To had to this point in time, young women are six percent less salary to resign. And this difference could work, the researchers will not subtract Even if you took into account all possible factors which can affect salaries in their analysis: choice of occupation, level of education, work experience, weekend and evening. The so-called Gender Pay Gap has remained almost completely.

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One reason for the disparity of treatment and pay see Daniel Oesch of the University of Lausanne and co-author of the study, in what regards the society as normal. These social norms come from a time when the woman was allowed to work only with the authorisation of her husband. But they persist in the collective subconscious. The studies, in which subjects a salary of fictitious employees is to set the show: The trial participants – both men and women – stood the women are paid less.

A way to stop such discrimination stop, the policy. In fact, the Swiss Parliament adopted only a few months ago, a law on wage control. This requires that companies with over 100 employees need to analyze their wages regularly on inequalities. Although the law could have been sharper – originally, the Federal Council had proposed the control for companies with more than 50 employees. Nevertheless, a sociologist, Oesch says: “It is a step in the right direction.”

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