Evaluation of the Act to Promote Pay Transparency between Women and Men

In order to reduce wage inequality between men and women, the federal government has set itself the goal of reducing the (unadjusted) pay gap to 10% by 2030. To achieve this, however, it is first necessary to be able to identify wage differences between men and women in companies and to make them transparent. To this end, the Act to Promote the Transparency of Pay Structures (EntgTranspG) came into force on 6 July 2017.

Pursuant to section 23 (1) EntgTranspG, the Federal Government shall submit an evaluation of the implementation of the requirement of equal pay for women and men for equal work or work of equal value in all forms and sizes of establishments and enterprises falling within the scope of section 2 of the Act on an ongoing basis. Parallel to the evaluation, the federal government must also report on the development of the equal pay requirement in companies with fewer than 200 employees, in accordance with section 23(2) of the Equal Pay Act (EntgTranspG). The evaluation is intended to formulate proposals for the further development and adaptation of statutory provisions. The evaluation and reporting shall cover the companies and employees of the private sector as well as the departments and employees of the public sector.

The procedure within the framework of this accompanying research project is characterised in particular by a combination of the use of existing secondary data and the implementation of own surveys (following on from the previous evaluation). On the basis of the planned secondary data, which now also cover a sufficiently large period after the introduction of the law, it is possible in particular to estimate the effects of the Pay Transparency Act on the pay differences between women and men. With the planned own empirical surveys among companies, works and staff councils as well as employees, this project closely follows on from the previous evaluation and at the same time takes into account aspects that have only come to bear in the course of the past four years. Finally, the project provides for a presentation and analysis of the current case law on the Pay Transparency Act as well as a comprehensive and multi-perspective validation and evaluation of the results, with the aim of working out possibilities for action and recommendations for action with regard to the further development of the law.

In cooperation with:

  • SOKO Institut GmbH, Bielefeld
  • Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Monika Schlachter, Institut für Arbeitsrecht und Arbeitsbeziehungen in der Europäischen Union (IAAEU), Trier
  • Prof. Dr. Laszlo Goerke, Institut für Arbeitsrecht und Arbeitsbeziehungen in der Europäischen Union (IAAEU), Trier
  • Dr. Jasmin Joecks, Universität Tübingen

Commissioned by:

  • Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Project team:

Contact Person:
Dr. Andreas Koch ( +49 7071 9896 12 // E-Mail )


2022 - ongoing