Here’s What You Need To Know About The Gender Salary Gap In Malaysia

It’s 2018, and women are still being paid less than men around the world. Here’s the situation in Malaysia, and how you can really get what you ask for.

We’ve all heard about the gender pay gap. After all, the discrimination and inequalities that lead to women getting paid less than their male counterparts for doing exactly the same job pervade all areas of the workplace. From any old corporate office here to the highest echelons of Hollywood where even influential actresses such as Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence have spoken out, there is only one question — why aren’t we paid the same as men?

There seems to be no end to woeful statistics about the existing pay gaps. For example, the World Bank reports that between 2011 and 2015 across the world, on the average, a woman earned US$76 (about RM340) for every US$100 (about RM445) that a man was paid, and according to the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2016, women will be paid less than men for the next 117 years.

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ASK FOR IT

Priya Bala, Managing Director at executive search firm The Edge Partnership, observes that unfortunately, there is the assumption that women are afraid of asking for a better pay package for fear of being perceived as “aggressive” or “pushy”.

“I believe this perception stems from how women are raised. From a young age, we were taught to be “good” and good behaviour was rewarded. We take on these values into adulthood where we don’t ask for rewards and expect people to take notice of our good work and reciprocate with more money or recognition.

“But things are changing. Women are becoming more confident in the workplace, taking on bigger or more senior roles. I believe that if conversations are had at the right time, it should not be taken the wrong way.

“Do bear in mind, nobody is paid more money just because they asked for it. A salary negotiation will have a better outcome if the person requesting it is also able to articulate their contributions, achievements and what else they can do if given a promotion. More money equals more responsibility,” she says.

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