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Ongoing project

Review of the Equal Pay Standard in Iceland

Project period December 2017 - June 2018
Project employers Barne- og likestillingsdepartementet, Arbeids- og sosialdepartementet
Project nr. 10282
Project leader Anne Skevik Grødem
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Project Background

Iceland has designed a standard for equal pay, which was piloted in 2013 and made mandatory from 2017. All public and private enterprises with more than 25 employees are now obliged to use the standard. In a parallel process, Iceland passed new legislation, effective from 1. June 2017, making gender equality in payment mandatory.

The Ministries have commissioned this project in collaboration with the social partners, wishing to get an updated overview of what the standard entails and which consequences it has had. An important part of the project is to discuss the Icelandic standard in comparison to measures that have been proposed in Norway to promote equal pay.

Project Approach

The most important sources in the project will be policy documents and evaluations from Iceland, and interview with key Icelandic informants.

We aim to interview representatives of the social partners and employees in public administration, and will also aim to find critical voices. The aim is to discuss which problems the standard solves, which problems it does not solve, and which problems – if any – it creates, and to make this discussion relevant for a Norwegian audience.

The project is also part of CORE – Centre for Research on Gender Equality at the Institute for Social Research.

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Anne Skevik Grødem Dr. polit. Research Director, Welfare Policy and Politics +47 920 56 232 Send e-mail
Ines Wagner PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 907 82 170 Send e-mail
Kjersti Misje Østbakken PhD Senior Research Fellow +47 991 62 556 Send e-mail
Tags: Working Life, Gender Equality
Published Dec. 19, 2017 10:40 AM - Last modified Jan. 17, 2018 10:19 AM