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2001 – 2017: 11% fall in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe that males and females doing the same job should be paid equally


Islamabad, January 7, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2001, respondents were asked “If men and women are working in an office/factory doing the same sort of work, then do you think their salary should be equal or should males earn more?” In response, 78% said they should be paid equally, while 21% said males should earn more.

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2017 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2017, 67% said they should be paid equally, while 33% said males should earn more.

Trend Analysis: While there has been a 12% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe men should be paid more for the same work, majority of respondents (67%) continue to believe that men and women should be paid equally for the same task.

Implications of this finding: Over the past few years, the job market has become increasingly competitive. An increasing number of females competing for the same jobs with their male counter parts is translating into a greater societal pressure on men to outperform which could possibly explain the increase in demand for a higher salary for males performing the same job.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.