The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today calls on journalists around the world to take part in a global wage survey "WageIndicator" to campaign for decent pay to journalists and to narrow the gender pay gap in journalism.

In a letter addressed to its affiliates, the IFJ called on all its members to participate in a global wage survey conducted by WageIndicator, to measure wages of over 1,500 different occupations and 400 industries in over 56 countries around the world.

"Too many journalists face wage discrimination in the workplace," said Beth Costa, IFJ General Secretary. "And gender pay gap in the profession is still persisting."

Female journalists still earn 17.6% less than their male colleagues with an average hourly rate of US $13.68, according to the wage survey results released last year.

"The positive news is that the gender pay gap is lower for unionised employees than for employees who are not members of a trade union," said Costa. "Trade union membership narrows the income gap by 6%."

"At a time when many journalists face salary cuts and deteriorating working conditions, such information is particularly helpful in salary and benefit negotiations," stressed Costa. "We encourage our colleagues to participate in this global survey."

The IFJ partnered with WageIndicator and launched a Decent Wage Campaign in July 2010 to raise awareness among journalists of their rights to decent pay for their work and to decent working conditions.

The data collected will be analysed in a report on Gender Pay Gap in Journalism, which will be published by the IFJ on International Women's Day in 2012. 

Please visit your country's wage survey website below and fill in the survey before 30 November, 2011.

For more information regarding the survey, please contact +32 2 235 226.

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide

Angola Meusalario.org/Angola Austria - only Salary Survey Lohnspiegel.org/Osterreich Australia Mywage.org/Australia Argentina Elsalario.com.ar Armenia - only Salary Survey Mojazarplata.org/Armenia Azerbaijan Qazancım.az Mojazarplata.az Belarus Mojazarplata.by Belgium Votresalaire.be Loonwijzer.be Botswana Mywage.org/Botswana Brazil Meusalario.org.br Bulgaria - only Salary Survey Moiatazaplata.org Chile Tusalario.org/Chile China WageIndicator.cn Colombia Tusalario.org/Colombia Czech Republic Mujplat.cz Denmark Lontjek.dk ElSalvador Tusalario.org/Elsalvador Finland Palkkalaskuri.fi France Votresalaire.fr Georgia - only Salary Survey Mojazarplata.org/Georgia Germany Lohnspiegel.de Guatemala Tusalario.org/Guatemala Hungary Berbarometer.hu India Paycheck.in Indonesia Gajimu.com Ireland - only Salary Survey Mywage.org/Ireland Italy Iltuosalario.it Kazakhstan Mojazarplata.kz Kyrgyzstan - only Salary Survey Mojazarplata.com/Kyrgyzstan Luxembourg - only Salary Survey Lohnspiegel.lu Malawi Mywage.org/Malawi Mexico MiSalario.org Mozambique Meusalario.org/Mocambique Namibia - only Salary Survey Mywage.org/Namibia Netherlands Loonwijzer.nl Pakistan Paycheck.pk Paraguay Tusalario.org/Paraguay Poland Twojezarobki.com Portugal - only Salary Survey Meusalario.org/Portugal Romania - only Salary Survey Salarulmeu.ro Russia Mojazarplata.ru Slovakia Mojplat.sk Slovenia - only Salary Survey Mojaplaca.si South Africa Mywage.co.za South Korea Wagecheck.co.kr Spain Tusalario.es Sweden Lonecheck.se Tajikistan - only Salary Survey Mojazarplata.org/Tajikistan Turkmenistan - only Salary Survey Mojazarplata.org/Turkmenistan UK Paywizard.co.uk Ukraine Mojazarplata.com.ua Mojazarplata.com.ua-ru USA Paywizard.org Uzbekistan - only Salary Survey Mojazarplata.org/Uzbekistan Vietnam Luong.com.vn Zambia Mywage.org/Zambia Zimbabwe Mywage.org/Zimbabwe