Review of the Equal Pay Standard in Iceland
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.
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.