Malta remains the EU country with the largest employment gap between women and men, according to Eurostat.
There was a 24.1 per cent difference between employment rates for men and women observed in Malta, followed by Italy (19.8 per cent) and Greece (19.7 per cent).
However, great strides have been made in just a matter of just five years. Malta also recorded the largest decrease EU-wide in the employment gap between men and women between 2012 and 2017, with the gap falling by 7.3 percentage points.
In 2017, the employment rate of women aged 20 – 64 (66.5 per cent) was 11.5 percentage points lower than that of men aged 20 - 64 (78 per cent) in the European Union (EU). In other words, the gender employment gap in the EU stood at 11.5 per cent
Among the EU Member States, the gender employment gap was lowest in Lithuania (1 per cent), Finland (3.5 per cent), Sweden (4 per cent) and Latvia (4.3 per cent).
Compared with five years ago, the gender employment gap decreased in the EU by 0.7 percentage points (from 12.2 pp in 2012 to 11.5 pp in 2017). A decrease occurred in 16 EU Member States, while an increase occurred in 11 EU Member States.