WHAT IS AUSTRALIA'S GENDER PAY GAP?

Equal Pay Day goodwill is bound to dissolve unless we turn the social media posts into action.

My two bright spark daughters are just as determined to give life a crack as my son.

Odds are that in adulthood, his financial reality will be far more secure. And this my friends, irks me!

Australia can’t keep tracking the way we have, time has come to equip ourselves with the tools to bring more equity to the workplace. To attract the dollars we deserve!

Be part of the wave…

WHAT IS AUSTRALIA’S GENDER PAY GAP?

Australia’s gender pay gap explained:

Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, says: “The gender pay gap is a measure of lost potential, showing that women still face barriers to accessing senior and high-paying roles.”

Ms Lyons believes we need to stamp out bias and outdated gender stereotypes.

As of Thursday 17th August, 2017 Australia’s gender pay gap is 15.3%.

This figure is a decrease of 0.9 percentage points and yes, any progress is good.

The frustrating fact is this figure has hovered between 15 and 19% for the past two decades.

When you consider that Equal pay legislation was introduced in Australia in 1969 it’s hard to believe we have much such slow progress.

Women make up 50% of the population in our fantastic country and 60% of the most educated people.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Visit the Agency’s Data Explorer and see whats happening in your field.

CALL IT OUT! 

DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN GENDER PAY GAP CALCULATOR HERE.

HOW IS AUSTRALIA’S GENDER PAY GAP MEASURED?

The gender pay gap is the difference between women’s and men’s average weekly full-time equivalent earnings, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings.

It’s a measure of women’s overall position in the paid workforce and does not compare like roles.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency uses Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

WHAT IS EQUAL PAY DAY?

Equal Pay Day falls on 4 September this year. It marks the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same as men.

A full time working man is $251.20 better off per week than a woman.

It marks the additional time from the end of the previous year that women must work to earn the same as men.

Jump over to WGEA to check out their e learning modules and arm yourself here.

Learn whats happening in your field.

 

Knowledge is power, so call it out.

 

 

About Martine Harte

Martine Harte is founder of Engaging Women, a platform for social good.
She is a dedicated voice in the advancement of women & girls. Contact martine@engagingwomen.com.au.

Learn more about her here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

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