Gen­der gap clos­ing slowly: re­port

Pilbara News - - News - Ben Har­vey

The lat­est of­fi­cial re­port into gen­der equal­ity in the work­place has shown cor­po­rate Aus­tralia has made in­roads but the chasm be­tween the earn­ings of men and women is still huge.

The new study by the Work­place Gen­der Equal­ity Agency, an Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment statu­tory agency charged with im­prov­ing equal­ity in the work­place, found women ac­count for half of the work­force but only 16.3 per cent of chief ex­ec­u­tive roles and 37.4 per cent of all man­age­ment roles.

Women earned 77 per cent of the male av­er­age full-time in­come.

The av­er­age full-time fe­male em­ployee made $26,853 less than her male coun­ter­part last fi­nan­cial year. Se­nior man­agers who were women re­ceived $93,884 less.

The score­card, the third compiled, re­flected im­proved equal­ity in­di­ca­tors, specif­i­cally nar­row­ing pay gaps and more women in man­age­ment roles.

Key fig­ures last fi­nan­cial year com­pared with 2015-16 in­clude:

The gen­der pay gap was 23.1 per cent (down 1.6 per­cent­age points).

The largest in­dus­try gen­der pay gap was in fi­nance and in­sur­ance at 33.5 per cent (down 2.6 per­cent­age points).

The pro­por­tion of fe­male man­agers was 28.5 per cent (up 2.4 per­cent­age points).

The pro­por­tion of em­ploy­ers with poli­cies to sup­port gen­der equal­ity was 70.7 per cent (up 4.5 per­cent­age points).

“The data con­firms gen­der pay gaps in favour of men in every in­dus­try and un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in man­age­ment and lead­er­ship roles,” WGEA di­rec­tor Libby Lyons said.

“At the same time, it also shows em­ploy­ers are step­ping up to the chal­lenge in greater num­bers.

“For the first time, more than 70 per cent of em­ploy­ers re­ported they have poli­cies in place to sup­port gen­der equal­ity.

“There’s no ques­tion we are see­ing move­ment in the right di­rec­tion, but it’s still too slow.

“The agency will con­tinue to work with em­ploy­ers to help them drive bet­ter work­place gen­der equal­ity across their or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Ms Lyons said the fact 42.6 per cent of peo­ple ap­pointed to man­age­rial roles last year were women sug­gested im­proved fig­ures were on the hori­zon.

“So, even though only 37.4 per cent of man­agers are cur­rently women, we can ex­pect that fig­ure to trend up as more women rise through the ranks,” she said.

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