Icelandic trade unions, the employers’ confederation and government officials have developed an equal pay management system called “The Equal Pay Standard” that will help employers prevent salary discrimination and enable them to become certified.
In 2017, the Equal Pay Standard was mandated for companies and institutions with 25 employees or more, with amendments to the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men.
Employers with 250 or more employees are need to have implemented the equal pay standard by 31 December 2018; employers with 150-249 employees need to have completed the certification by 31 December 2019; employers with 90-149 employees need to have undergone certification by 31 December 2020; and employers with 25-89 employees need to have undergone certification by 31 December 2021. However, all state ministries need to have undergone certification by 31 December 2018, and state institutions and companies owned by the state with 25 or more employees need to undergo certification by 31 December 2019. Employers are expected to renew their equal pay certification every three years.
- ÍST 85:2012 (e). Equal pay management system – Requirements and guidance. Icelandic Standards, Iceland. 2017.
The Equal Pay Standard has been translated into English and is available for purchase via the website of Icelandic Standards.
- Looking for information about equal pay in Iceland?. Kvenréttindafélag Íslands, Iceland. 2017.
An overview of equal pay legislation in Iceland and the Equal Pay Standard. Also discusses the protests of the Icelandic women’s movement again the gender paygap, starting with the massive protests in 1975 when Icelandic women went on strike to protest the gender pay gap.
- Certified: Feminist! Using Bureaucracy to Achieve Radical Change. Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir and Maríanna Traustadóttir. Meta Dekleta, Slovenia. 2015.
An article written about the equal pay standard and its importance to the women’s movement by Maríanna Traustadóttir and Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir. Maríanna is the gender equality officer at the Icelandic Confederation of Labor and a member of the committee which created the equal pay standard.
- Equal Pay Management System ÍST 85:2012. The Ministry of Welfare, Iceland. 2012.
A general introduction to the equal pay standard, prepared by the Icelandic Ministry of Welfare.
- Iceland a Step Closer to Equal Play. Marie Preisler. Nordic Labour Journal, Norway. 2014.
An article written about the equal pay standard for the Nordic Labour Journal, with an interview with Þorsteinn Víglundsson, the Director General for the Confederation of Icelandic Employers.
- Iceland intent on eliminating the gender pay gap. Ida Måwe. NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender, Norway. 2017.
An article written about the equal pay standard for the NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender, with an interview with Maríanna Traustadóttir, the gender equality officer at the Icelandic Confederation of Labor and a member of the committee which created the equal pay standard. A very good introduction to the Equal Pay Standard.
- Island: Likalönsstandarden har Tagits i Bruk. Guðrún H. Sigurðardóttir. Arbeidsliv Norden, Norway. 2015.
A short article written about the equal pay standard for Arbeidsliv i Norden. In Swedish.
- Equal Pay Standard at the Nordic Forum. Marianna Traustadottir. Youtube. 2014.
Maríanna Traustadóttir introduces the Equal Pay Standard at the Nordic Forum in Malmö.