Middle East’s Male Rulers Out-Earning Female Counterparts By 100%, Study Finds
New research has uncovered major gender pay inequality among the region’s leaders.
A new study commissioned as part of a growing international focus on gender equality in the workplace has revealed shocking statistics surrounding pay disparity the Middle East.
According to the report carried out by PwC, male rulers of countries in the region earned “significantly more” than their female counterparts.
“Our research has shown that Kings, Sheikhs, Emirs, Sultans, Crown Princes and elected military dictators have been out-earning women in similar positions by an average of 100%,” said report analyst Barnaby Geiger.
“Last year, for example, they took home an average of $19.72 billion more each.”
While the study saw in an instant wave of disapproval from anti-sexual discrimination groups and across social media, several people spoke out in defence of the region’s male rulers, pointing out that they endured longer office hours than women and, in most cases, continued working until their deaths or their toppling in a revolution or coup d’etat.