BERLIN, March 7, 2012 (AFP) - German women are more likely to work part-time than in almost any other EU country, data showed Wednesday, after an earlier study revealed a huge wage gap between men and women in Germany.

More than 45 percent of working women in Germany aged 20 to 64 work part-time, compared with a European average of 30.8 percent, the German statistics institute Destatis said.

Only the Netherlands ranks higher at 74.7 percent, it said, a day before International Women’s Day.

German women complained of having to work part-time due to the need to look after children or to care for elderly family members and a failure to find full-time work, among other things.

Destatis used data compiled by the Eurostat data agency. In Germany, 800,000 people, or one percent of households, were questioned for the study.

An OECD report Monday said that Germany had the biggest gap in salaries between men and women among its European partners.

German women who work full-time earn on average 21 percent less than their male counterparts, the report said based on figures for 2010. The OECD average was 16 percent.

Women also accounted for just three percent of the board of director positions at German companies in 2009 compared with 38 percent in Norway and an OECD average of 10 percent.

In October, the 30 major German companies trading on the German blue-chip DAX unveiled a plan to bring more women into management, but stopped short of making quotas compulsory. Deutsche Telekom became the first DAX company to set a binding 30-percent management quota.