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Males bag 30% more than females
KUWAIT CITY, July 5: The average salary gap between Kuwaiti men and women in the government sector has increased in the past five years from 2016 to 2021 in favor of Kuwaiti men, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to a study prepared by the daily based on the latest statistics of the Central Statistical Bureau on the labor market that was published at the end of last week for the five-year period until the end of December 2021, the gap between the average salary of Kuwaiti men and women in the government sector increased to 30 percent from 27 percent in December 2016.
Statistical figures revealed that the average monthly salary of Kuwaiti men in the government sector as of the end of December 2021 amounted to KD 1,874. On the other hand, the average monthly salary of Kuwaiti women during the same period amounted to KD 1,312, with a difference of KD 562, which is equivalent to 30 percent.
As per the statistics of the end of December 2016, the average monthly salary for Kuwaiti men in the government sector at that time was KD 1,726 per month, while the average salary of Kuwaiti women was KD 1,254 per month, which is a difference of KD 427, equivalent to 27 percent.
According to informed sources, the gap between the salaries of both genders is not due to a difference in salaries between men and women in the same position and rank but is due to other considerations such as disbursing some allowances and bonuses to only men, which leads to a higher monthly salary for them compared to women, such as the social allowance, rent allowance, children’s allowance, and others. Also, the percentage of women in supervisory and leadership positions is still low. Therefore, these factors cause a decrease in the average salaries of Kuwaiti women.