Both men and women should receive equal pay for equal work. The principle of equal pay for women and men has been enshrined in the Federal Constitution since 1981 and substantiated in the Gender Equality Act since 1996. But equal pay is still not a reality.
In Switzerland women currently earn on average 19% less than men. There are many reasons why this is so. Around 55% of this pay gap can be explained by objective factors such as professional status, years of service or qualifications. 45% remain unexplained and are potentially discriminatory. What are the reasons for this pay gap and what are the consequences?