Pay gap widen­ing for women

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE gen­der pay gap is grow­ing as women fail to bag the pay rises of male col­leagues, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics fig­ures.

The av­er­age man work­ing full- time earns $ 1678 a week, with women pulling in $ 1307. The gap is greater when part­time work­ers are con­sid­ered, $ 1371 and $ 886 re­spec­tively.

But the news is only wors­en­ing for women work­ers, who re­ceived an av­er­age pay rise of $ 23 in the year to last Novem­ber, com­pared with the $ 59 boost en­joyed by men.

The fig­ure shows a trend de­vel­op­ing with pay boosts for both sexes much closer in pre­vi­ous years and widen­ing out from May 2013.

The fig­ures show a gen­der gap in all fields, with gaps of $ 600 in the healthcare in­dus­try and among those classed as pro­fes­sion­als, where men pull in $ 1851 and $ 2040 af­ter over- time ev­ery week. Even in the re­tail, ac­com­mo­da­tion and food sec­tors, there is still dis­crep­an­cies of more than $ 100.

But the largest void – $ 643 – is in min­ing where a man earns $ 2657 to a woman’s $ 2014.

The fig­ures came as Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh said he wanted more women for se­nior ranks, but said fe­male em­ploy­ees needed to be more con­fi­dent about climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der.

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