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Over a period of 16 years, 12% more Pakistanis believe that men should be paid more than the women and there has been a decline in advocates of equal pay.


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 to this question, 78% said that the salaries should be equal while 21% said males should earn more. 1% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Comparative Picture:The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2017, 67% believed that the salaries should be equal while 33% said men should earn more.

Findings on this question are available from the year 2001 till 2017.

There has been an increase of 12 percentage points in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe that men should be paid more even if men and women are working together. Alternatively, there has been a decrease of 11% Pakistanis who say that men and women should have equal pays.

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.