Nearly everyone believes there should be equal pay for equal work between genders, and it’s been well established that men get paid more than women for the same work across a wide range of professions and industries.
However, a new Glassdoor survey on the global gender pay gap, conducted by Harris Poll, found that 70 percent of people believe that men and women are paid equally for the same job at their workplace. Breaking it down further, 70 percent of women believe that there is equal pay for equal work at their employer compared to 77 percent of men.
“However, with several research reports and studies out there pointing to evidence of pay gaps existing, this illustrates the fact that perception among employees likely doesn’t match up with reality, and that a disconnect persists,” writes Glassdoor in a blog post.
This perception is in sharp contrast to recent and broad research that shows women in the U.S. are paid less for equal work than men in all industries, at just about every job level. PayScale calculated last year that women earn 2.7 percent less — or $0.97 on the dollar — than men with similar characteristics working the same jobs. PayScale compared more than 1.4 million salary profiles of men and women working the same jobs.
The new Glassdor survey was conducted in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. It also found an overwhelming majority of employed adults (89 percent) believe that men and women should be paid equally for equal work. Americans (93 percent) are most in agreement that men and women should be compensated equally.
The survey also asked if people would apply to work at a company where a pay gap existed and 3 out of 5 employees said they would not.