Government will include in the law a ban on companies asking for salary history

Ana Catarina Mendes stressed the need to «continue to work to reduce the wage gap between men and women»

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The Secretary of State for Social Security said today that the Government "will surely" transpose into Portuguese legislation the European directive that provides that companies will no longer be able to ask candidate employees about previous salaries.

At the end of the parliamentary debate requested by BE on "gender inequality in the world of work", Gabriel Bastos pointed out that there are "important instruments of a legislative nature, namely that are under discussion within the scope of the European Union, such as the new directive", which brings “important news”.

«In many matters Portuguese legislation is already ahead, but it also has innovative matters and that we will certainly, at the time of transposition into national legislation, monitor», he said.

The Secretary of State for Social Security stated that job advertisements "must be neutral from the point of view of gender, employers are obliged to disclose in the job advertisement the salary range for the position in question".

And he added that "companies are prevented from asking candidates about wages earned in previous jobs and contractual clauses that prevent workers from disclosing how much they earn are eliminated".

The Secretary of State for Social Security considered that wage inequality between men and women «requires everyone to mobilize efforts and pay due attention», in order to «improve the country's situation in this regard».

The Secretary of State also highlighted that the measure of free nurseries, «which already covers 53 thousand children», has a «positive and important effect for the increase of the presence of women in the labor market», as well as the extension of parental rights .

Gabriel Bastos defended that «it is undeniable that the trend has been towards the positive reduction of these inequalities», but warned that «the problem persists» and there is still «a lot of work to be done».

«We cannot remain within the scope of normative regulation, we have to intervene on the ground, daily, to combat these situations», he stressed, pointing out the role «of the entities with supervisory and intervention powers» and the «significant investment by the Government » in strengthening operational capacity, «so that action is more effective».

At the end of the debate, the Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs stated that, in terms of participation and political representation, «it was Prime Minister António Guterres [PS] who, for the first time, introduced quotas into a national law so that women could participate more in political life".

«And that is why today we have gone from 25% to 40% by law, and that is why today this parliament has 37% female representation», he pointed out, also highlighting that «this is a parity Government, to set an example of importance that gender has in political representation».

In a reference to the bench of Chega, Ana Catarina Mendes considered that "it is strange" that, despite "the inflammatory statements in this hemicycle about equality, in 12 deputies have a woman".

As for public administration, "today there are more women in intermediate management positions, they are 52% women" and "49% in first-degree management", indicated the minister.

Ana Catarina Mendes also highlighted the need to «continue to work to reduce the wage gap between men and women».