Gender pay gap shows Australian women earn 17.4% less than men
In dismal news for female workers everywhere, new EOWA
(Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency) research has confirmed that Australian women earn on average 17.4% less than their male counterparts. Perhaps worse is the finding that this gender pay gap hasn't really changed in the last twenty years, hovering at 12–18%.
The research draws upon the latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which shows the average weekly earnings for a male employee ($1,437.40 per week) are $250 more than the those of a female employee ($1,186.90 per week). This imbalance varies across states, with Western Australian women faring the worst (25.8% less per week). Female employees in the Australian Capital Territory fared best, with a still-significant 12% less per work.
The research encourages employers to critique their own payroll situation. Are workers who take up flexible work options being unconsciously disadvantaged by their conditions? Are unidentified gender stereotypes at play in your employment and remuneration practices?
To assist employers, a new Australian Standard on Gender-Inclusive Job Evaluation and Grading (AS 5376-2012) is now available. It aims to help employers tackle gender biases in the way they employ and remunerate staff.