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Jakarta Post

Female workers in Indonesia earn 23% less than their male peers

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 21, 2020   /  08:45 am
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Female workers are involved in the whole process from cultivating, harvesting, sorting and drying the tobacco. Their skills control the quality of tobacco. JP/Aditya Sagita(JP/Aditya Sagita)

Women in Indonesia earn less money on average per month than men as the gender pay gap stood at nearly 23 percent in February, official data show, as female workers face undervalued work and inflexible working conditions. Women earned on average Rp 2.45 million (US$166.39) per month in February, marking an annual increase of 5 percent, according to survey data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). Men earned higher on average at Rp 3.18 million per month, an increase of 4.3 percent over the same period.

The inequality has slightly narrowed as the gender pay gap, the difference between the average wages of men and those of women as a percentage of men’s wages, was slightly higher at 23.44 percent in the same month last year. However, the wage gap has not improved very much from the level seen in February 2010 at 23.64 percent.

The gender pay gap was estim...