Gender Pay Gap in the Gig Economy

Women’s place in the labour force has grown significantly since the second half of the 20th century. If we observe the changes in our society, women are becoming more involved in pursuing higher education and have proven that they can work longer hours, take the pressure and stress of leading large companies and become World Leaders in all areas of business and politics. Progress in the labour market through the years is emphasised and evident in terms of how we view people in the different minority groups. Still, despite this progress, the issue of a Gender Wage Gap still exists. 

Gender wage gap is the difference in earnings between men and women, when we consider them doing the same job; moreover, the gap is bigger for women of colour (U.S. Census Bureau). What drives this difference? In this article, we will try to enlighten you on this issue. In fact, the gender pay gap is currently 20% where women who work full-time in the United States are paid just 80% of what men are paid according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  

Decision Making Affects Pay

A gender pay gap of 7% in a flexible gig-driving career like Rideshare could have resulted from women’s decision making (i.e. how fast to drive, where and when to drive, and how long they like to be an Uber driver).There are some customers who choose their drivers, and some people like to choose drivers by gender. 

Accepting Less Pay Offer

According to the Website Planet Report cited in a business journal article, women are being paid less because they are bidding or otherwise accepting less money for jobs. For men are more likely to ask for a raise than women; and when women request a raise, they ask for 30% less than men do cited from Carnegie Mellon University economics professor Linda Babcock, who has co-authored Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change.


There’s no other explanation why the gender pay gap exists than discriminating against women. If people can do a job, their ability and experience should be the major factors in deciding salaries and hourly rates, gender should not come into the decision. 

The equalising gig economy

When someone is posting a job and having people bid on the job, the job description and the ability to complete the task are the key factors. The people bidding on the job then compete for the project and base that on price. 

Set your price competitively so that the job owner, and your future employer see that you can do the job, and know your price.

There is always going to be competition for jobs and it is a fact that people who live in a big city in the US or UK need a higher income than someone who lives in a beach hut, in Bali, Indonesia. 

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