Which Countries in Europe Have the Best Gender Equality in the Workplace?

May 17, 2016

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Despite progress that has been made with more women entering the workplace, a gender gap in employment still persists across Europe and in the U.S., according to a new report from Glassdoor Economic Research. In a ranking of 18 countries using OECD and Eurostat data, Sweden and Norway are found to have the best overall balance between men and women in work: Greece and Italy the worst.

The new Glassdoor Economic Research report, conducted in cooperation with Llewellyn Consulting), titled “Which Countries in Europe Have the Best Gender Equality in the Workplace?”1, aims to identify where gender inequality is highest, in what types of jobs women are under-represented and the impact on the gender pay gap when women in the workplace start a family. The study, spanning 18 countries, presents an analysis of 12 key indicators, including: the female-to-male ratio in labour force participation, the proportion of managers who are women, the gender gap in employment rates by educational attainment, and the gender pay gap by the presence of children.

The chart below shows that the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland lead the way. Green denotes the best-rated countries, while red denotes the worst-rated.


At Glassdoor, we’ve long been at the forefront of promoting pay transparency and workplace fairness around the world. By helping European job seekers better understand which countries offer the highest degree of gender equality at work, we hope this report contributes to that goal.