Gender Pay Gap Reaches Record Low As Number Of Women Working Full-Time Grows

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21 February 2019

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New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown a shift in the gender pay gap in Australia.

According to the Average Weekly Earnings data, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency has worked out that the national pay gap is down a $239.80 per week difference between men and women.

There is a reported record-high number of women working full-time in Australia, with this making the gap a 20-year low at 14.1 per cent.

A key factor in the pay disparity is the ratio of men to women in the workforce, with 3.23 million women working full-time in January 2019 compared to 3.22 million in December.

“More employers are analysing their pay data for pay gaps," Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Libby Lyons told Financy magazine.

"More employers are then taking action to ensure women and men are equally rewarded and remunerated. These actions by Australian employers are a key contributing factor in the ongoing decrease in the gender pay gap.

“However, we have to keep our foot on the pedal and maintain momentum. I now want to see all Australian employers take action on addressing pay equity.

“It is not hard. Do a pay gap analysis. Develop an action plan with targets. Report the results to the executive and board and monitor your progress. It is that easy. If every employer did this, we would close the gender pay gap pretty quickly.”

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