The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has released its latest report on gender equality based on 2016-17 workplace data.
The report found a big jump in employer action on gender equality. More employers are taking action to address pay gaps and gender imbalances that persist across the economy. The data records strong improvements in organisations conducting gender pay gap analyses at 37.7%, up 10.8pp from 2015-16. Further, employers with manager KPIs related to gender equality have increased to 28.4% (up 5pp). Employers are actively promoting more family friendly workplaces, with flexible work policies now implemented in 68.3% (up 5.3pp) of work places.
Despite the positive gains being made, the data confirms that 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. This is a mere 0.7 pp increase since 2015-16. The average annual pay packet of full-time female employees is $26,527 less than men’s, rising to $89,216 at the top level of management.
Pay gaps favouring men were also identified in every occupational category, from 8.4% for Clerical and Administrative workers (worth $6,472) to 26.7% for Technicians and Trades workers (worth $28,042).
Management roles continue to be heavily dominated by men with women remaining under-represented in upper leadership echelons, holding just 16.5% of CEO roles and 29.7% of key management personnel roles. The proportion of women directors on boards and governing bodies has improved little, at 24.9%, up just 0.2pp. However, women’s representation at every level of management has improved since last year.
For more information: www.wgea.gov.au