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Survey: Most Czech women, many men feel disadvantaged at work

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Prague, Feb 5 (CTK) – Some three-fifths of Czech women and two-fifths of men have come across disadvantages and unequal conditions in their work, most often in the sphere of remuneration, advance in career and recruitment, according to a poll conducted last April and released on Monday.

“Being disadvantaged (on the labour market) is often caused by the gender factor for women, while men feel often disadvantaged over age,” Marta Vohlidalova, from the Gender and Sociology Department of the Sociological Institute, said.

The poll was conducted by the department along with the CVVM polling institute.

Three out of ten respondents are of the view that women are more disadvantaged on the labour market. Over two-fifths of women and 16 percent of men agree with the view.

Men more often believe that the position of both sexes does not differ. The view is shared by almost one-third of men and 11 percent of women.

Uneven remuneration is considered a major problem by over 80 percent of women and 56 percent of men.

Most of the respondents agree with the view that women earn less because they look after their children, due to which they have a pause in their careers.

Another reason is that women work in the spheres that are worse paid.

The conditions with which to harmonise work and family are not favourable either.

Seven out of ten respondents see prejudices about women’s worse working capabilities behind the uneven remuneration.

Two-thirds of people believe that employers pay women deliberately less.

Over one-half of Czechs also say that a role is played by women being reluctant to ask for more money.

Roughly one-third of Czechs believe that women were paid worse than men in their company.

Roughly three-fifths said there were transparent remuneration rules in their company.

Three-fifths of women and one-quarter of men were asked questions about their private life in the opening interviews at work. This was most often cited by women aged 30-44 and men between 45 and 59.

“The women with children were asked the questions much more often than the childless ones,” the pollsters said.

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