Women’s Issues: Studies Expose Gender Pay Gap

Latest study has once again confirmed the gender pay gap.

Gender pay gap is defined by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as “the difference between women’s and men’s average weekly full-time equivalent earnings, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings”.

According to WGEA’s latest report in August, which uses Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Average Weekly Full-Time Earnings data, the current national gender pay gap in Australia is 16.2 per cent, or average earning difference of $261.1 per week.

An increase in gender equality awareness in society has not helped close this gender pay gap. According to the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the gap has grown over the last decade, from 14.9 per cent in November 2004 to a record high of 18.8 per cent in February 2015 before declining slightly in 2016.

WGEA attributes this gap to many different factors, including the lack of women representation in senior roles, lower pays in women-dominated industries and jobs, caring responsibilities that bound women from building strong attachment to works, and both direct and indirect discrimination.

If you believe you are unfairly remunerated less than your male co-workers, you may consult Fair Work Ombudsman, Fair Work Commission, or your state’s anti-discrimination body.