Eliminating structural discrimination in the labour market and strengthening pay transparency has positive effects on narrowing the gender pay gap. Pay transparency is an important step in achieving income equality.
In 2011, 2 mechanisms have been implemented to promote pay transparency: the legal requirements (1) to state the minimum wage in job vacancy advertisements and (2) to present income-reports for companies employing a pre-determined number of workers. Since 2014, companies with 150 employees or more are required to draw up binnual income reports. Additionally, the online wage calculator offers easily accessible information on wages commonly paid in a sector or region since 2011.
From 2016 to 2017 the project Fair Wages developed a toolbox supporting companies in drafting, analysing, communicating and using the internal income reports. In addition, company testimonials and best practice examples offer a business case for more income transparency and fair salaries. The toolbox for a good practice income report was updated and published online in 2022