About the program

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Short description of the EQUAL project H005

 „Equal pay for equal work! Establishing e-WageBarometer in partnership” (July 2005-April 2008)

The aim of the project is to fight against the disadvantaged situation of female workers in the labour market by innovative methods in the areas of wages, employment and work performance, to decrease the female wage gap, enhance equal opportunities for women in the labour market The project is based on the adaptation and further development of the Dutch “WageIndicator” (Loonwijzer).

Within the framework of EQUAL program three development partnerships (DPs) – the Belgian “Dicht de gender loonkloof” (BEnl-28), the “Dicht de loonkloof(m/v)!” (NL-2004/EQH/0016) from the Netherlands and the “Egyenlő munkáért egyenlő bért! e-BérBarométer” (HU-6) – make joint effort to fulfil the tasks in their transnational cooperation agreement (TCA) “e-Solution: Equal pay for equal work!”. The common interest of the DPs taking part in the TCA derives from common problems, like the persistent wage gap between male and female employees.

Within the project it has been developed the Hungarian harmonised electronic wageindicator tool (website, on-line questionnaire, database, salary checker); related services (researches based on the database, dissemination including several printed and on-line content and conferences); took place the sensibilisation of an already critical mass of women and men in concern of gender mainstreaming and gender equality. 

Innovative elements of the project are the interactive database accessible through the internet (www.berbarometer.hu, www.berbarometer.com) enabling to check and compare wages, working conditions, etc. (this is a function for individual employees). The broad research activity based in the own database of 12000 sample support social partners in their bargaining activity: background analyses and researches were made not only on wages but also on working conditions of women and man. The harmonised system gives the possibility for cross-country comparability among countries taking part in the Global WageIndicator network. The Hungarian EQUAL project - taking into consideration that the internet penetration is lower than in the Netherlands - to be the database representative applied also the method of face to face survey. It had double profit: as the surveyors were target persons too, mainly trade union activists. They covered the whole country guaranteeing territorial and industrial representativeness, covering all types of settlements. 40 trade union activists were trained in three regional seminars. The preparatory training included not only the aspects of technique to make a survey and the content of the questionnaire but also the overall target of the project and raising the motivation awareness. 

It can be considered that the national conferences with the purpose to disseminate the results of the database in concern of gender wage gap and gender-type working conditions reached an already critical mass of woman and man (in the 5 national level conferences including the final conference in the Hungarian Parliament with 500 participants, the 19 county-level conferences were present around 1200 persons, including also those who take part in collective wage bargaining at the undertakings, or representatives of civil organisations, or private persons). The interactive portal of the project (www.berbarometer.com) serving continuously with new content (more than 100 own articles) quoted by several other sites and with two “salary checkers”, the last already based in the own data, was visited by almost 60 000 visitors between March 2006 and June 2008.  Seven books have been published containing results of the researches carried out in the project, – two of them in two languages, beyond Hungarian also in English. (Gender wage gap (Belgium, Hungary, The Netherlands), SZGTI Foundation, Budapest 2007, ISBN 978-963-06-3810-4 and Working condition of women and men (Belgium, Hungary, The Netherlands), SZGTI Foundation, Budapest 2007, ISBN 978-963-06-3882-1.) Our books analyse the gender wage gap in different industries and profession, looking also the regional disparities; look after the causes of the wage differences, and try to give not only the picture on the situation but also look after solutions. The BerBarometer Newsletter and the direct e-mail with the new content reach approximately 100 persons in the list.    

Budapest, September 1st, 2008
dr. Szilvia Borbély

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