The difference in hourly wages between Dutch men and women is still quite high.

With an average difference of 14.6 percent, our country scores worse than the EU average.

This is evident from data published by Eurostat on International Women's Day on Monday.

The European Statistics Office measures the gender pay gap by looking at gross hourly wages in 2019 at companies with ten or more employees.

The agency looks at thirty countries: the 27 EU member states plus Iceland, Switzerland and Norway.

The United Kingdom is not included.

The data show that the wage difference in the EU is on average 14.1 percent.

The Netherlands is doing worse than the average, with a difference of 14.6 percent.

Of the 29 other countries surveyed, only 10 fared worse, including Germany and France.

The top three countries with the greatest difference are Estonia (21.7 percent), Latvia (21.2 percent) and Austria (19.9 percent).

The difference is smallest in Luxembourg (1.3 percent), Romania (3.3 percent) and Italy (4.7 percent).

Belgium is also doing relatively well with a difference of 5.8 percent.

The EU is committed to reducing the pay gap.

The European Commission therefore came up with various proposals last week.

For example, companies must be more open about differences in pay between men and women.

Women should also be able to receive compensation if they are unfairly underpaid and employers who fail to comply with the rules should be fined.