Employed Americans Believe New Company Policies are Best Way to Improve Gender Pay Disparities Whereas Employees in Europe and Canada Say Government Legislation Best Way to Improve the Gap

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (February 10, 2016)Glassdoor, the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has released the results of its first global salary survey which measures employee sentiment around issues related to the gender pay gap. Glassdoor surveyed more than 8,000 adults employed full-time/part-time in seven countries: The United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland and found that, while sources state it will take 81 years to reach gender parity in the workplace[1], the majority of employed adults (74 percent) believe men and women are currently paid equally for equal work at their employer [2]. An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of employed adults in the seven countries surveyed believe that men and women should be paid equally for similar work and experience levels, including 93 percent of U.S. adults.

“While wage disparities do exist, this survey reveals that the majority of employees do not believe their workplace has a gender pay gap,” said Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist. “Across the geographies we surveyed, the support for equal wages is there and there is general consensus that the the best courses of action to ensure equal pay are new company policies around pay and compensation, government legislation requiring employers to pay people equally, and more transparency into salary at all levels.”

The Gender Pay Gap – Most People Believe Pay is Equal

In stark contrast to studies that show how much less women make than men, Glassdoor’s survey found that 70 percent of U.S. employees believe men and women are paid equally at their company, though fewer women (60 percent) than men (78 percent) believe this to be true. In addition, nearly all (93 percent) of Americans surveyed support fair pay—agreeing men and women should be paid equally for similar work and experience levels. By comparison, 83 percent of employees in the Netherlands believe men and women are paid equally at their company, as do 77 percent in Canada, 76 percent in the UK, 73 percent in Germany and Switzerland, and 65 percent in France.

Fair compensation relative to a co-worker, regardless of gender, is also an issue. While more than two-thirds (69 percent) of U.S. employees agree they are compensated fairly relative to their co-workers, women are less likely than men to view their compensation as fair: 65 percent compared to 73 percent of men.

Equal Pay Impacts Hiring

Companies that hope to attract more female talent would be wise to be transparent about their compensation practices and make clear they have no gender pay gap. More than two-thirds (67 percent) of U.S. employees are not likely to apply where they believe there is a pay gap between men and women for similar work, and significantly more women (81 percent) than men (55 percent) feel this way.

Solving the Pay Gap

New company policies, government legislation, clearer communication from senior leaders and greater internal pay transparency are top contenders for making an impact on the gender wage gap.

Among U.S. employees who believe there is a gender pay gap at their current company:

  • Forty-five percent believe new company policies around pay and compensation will improve this issue.
  • Thirty-nine percent feel that government legislation requiring employers to pay all people equally for equal work and experience will improve the gender pay gap.
  • More than one-third (36 percent) believe clearer communication from senior leaders and human resources about how pay raises, bonuses and cost of living increases are determined will improve the gap.
  • About one-third (34 percent) are of the opinion that greater internal pay transparency for all roles will help close the gap.
  • Nearly one in five women (19 percent) believe that women should demand pay raises more frequently to make an impact in improving the wage gap, compared to just one in 10 (11 percent) of men.


Complete results are available in the Glassdoor Global Gender Pay Gap Survey Supplement which details employee perceptions of the gender pay gap at their company, whether company reputation around the gender pay gap may affect hiring, and how employees believe the gender pay gap can be fixed.

FULL REPORT & GRAPHICS AVAILABLE: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­For more details, including breakdowns of survey results by gender, geography and age, please see the full Glassdoor Global Gender Pay Gap Survey Supplement: https://press-content.glassdoor.com/app/uploads/sites/2/2016/02/GD_Survey_GlobalGenderPayGap.pdf.

To request the report, graphics and/or complete survey methodology, please contact pr [at] Glassdoor [dot] com.

[1] http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2014/press-releases/


[2] This survey was conducted online within Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from October 1-5, 2015 among 8,254 adults ages 18 and older, among which 2,049 are in the U.S., 1,057 are in the UK, 1,019 are in The Netherlands, 1,029 are in France, 1,029 are in Germany, 1,018 are in Switzerland, and 1,053 are in Canada. Furthermore, among all countries, 4,300 are employed full-time/part-time, 930 are employees in the U.S., 531 are employees in the UK, 486 are employees in The Netherlands, 605 are employees in France, 630 are employees in Germany, 628 are employees in Switzerland, and 490 are employees in Canada. All responses noted are from adults who are employed part time / full time. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact pr@glassdoor.com

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