The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has today released new benchmarking figures showing some advances in employers’ efforts to attract and retain women.
The WGEA report, now in its fourth year, covers 11,000 workplaces and more than four million employees. It shows strong improvements in organisations conducting gender pay gap analyses, making managers accountable for gender equality outcomes and encouraging flexible work arrangements.
But it also confirms every industry and occupation across the Australian workforce has a full-time gender pay gap favouring men, with women earning on average just 78% of men’s full-time earnings. The difference, while down 0.7 percentage points this year, amounts to an average $26,527 pay gap, rising to $89,216 at the top level of management. Pay gaps ranged from 8.4% for clerical and administrative workers ($6,472), to 26.7% for technicians and trades workers ($28,042).
Management roles continue to be heavily dominated by men with women remaining under-represented in the upper leadership ranks, holding just 16.5% of CEO roles and 29.7% of key management personnel roles.
However, women’s representation at every level of management has improved since last year.
Among the findings:
- Gender pay gap (based on full-time) is now 22.4% (down 0.7pp);
- The proportion of employers with manager KPIs for gender equality rose 5pp to 28.4%;
- Some 43.4% of new manager role appointments went to women (up 0.8pp);
- The proportion of employers with flexible work policies rose 5.3pp to 68.3%; and
- Employers who conducted gender pay gap analysis rose 10.8pp to 37.7%
WGEA Director Libby Lyons said “In Australia today, men still out earn women in every industry and across all occupations.”
“This is not about women’s choices: whether you are a manager, a scientist, a butcher, a baker or even a TV presenter, there is a gender pay gap favouring men,” said Ms Lyons.
“The sharp increases in employer action show that the momentum for improved gender equality is building. I am very encouraged that many more employers are now analysing their pay data for gender pay gaps and hopeful this will flow through to improved pay outcomes for women in the years ahead.”