Last year, basic pay inequalities between women and men fell in Switzerland, according to a study conducted by the consultancy firm Mercer specializing in human resources. The unadjusted gap, that is to say the difference in salary not taking into account hierarchical position, thus fell from 5.3% in 2019 to 4.9% in 2020. Likewise, the gap adjusted, which examines differences in pay for equal work, also decreases from 1.5% to 0.85%.
To conduct this analysis, the firm looked at the salary data of more than 370 Swiss companies representing a little over 100,000 employees. This reduction in differences is also observed across Switzerland by the Federal Statistical Office. However, the overall pay gap measured in Switzerland in 2018 was larger, at 11.5% (compared to 12% in 2016).