Equal pay for equal work
According to the “Global Sports Salaries” survey of the website sportingintelligence.com, women playing in the Women’s Bundesliga, Germany’s top-division soccer league for female players, earned an average of 37 250 euros in 2018 – while the men playing in the men’s Bundesliga (1st Bundesliga) earned an average of 1.4 million euros. While such enormous discrepancies between men’s and women’s salaries tend to be the exception, it remains true that many professions do not offer equal pay for men and women, as a 2019 study by the website Glassdoor found: On average in 2018, women’s salaries in Germany and the U.S. were about five to six percent below men’s salaries, for comparable qualifications and job descriptions.
At Deutsche Telekom, the “equal pay for equal work” principle applies. Salaries at the company are based solely on the type of work being performed. Aspects such as gender, ethnic background, and sexual orientation do not factor in at all. In 2021, we received the “equal-pay check” (“eg-check”) certificate of the German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency for a second time. The certificate process analyzes and highlights men’s and women’s salaries for work that is comparable or of equal value.
In 2020, the national company Magyar Telekom carried out a complex analysis of the salary discrepancies prevailing within its organization. That effort led to the development of an action plan for reducing salary inequalities, especially those resulting from career gaps of mothers. Also, and since 2020, short lists of candidates for the company’s management positions always have to include at least two qualified women.