The latest wage figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that Australian women are still, on average, earning less than men, although the gender pay gap is closing.
On average, men working full-time earn $1,678.40, while women earn $1,433.60 – a difference of $244.80 a week.
But the gap is closing – over the past 12 months, the gender pay gap (which is the difference between men’s and women’s average weekly full-time base salary earnings) dropped from 15.3 percent to 14.6 percent – the lowest it has been for 20 years.
According to the wage growth data, female average weekly ordinary time earnings rose by 3.4 percent over the year to May, the strongest rate in two years, while male earnings grew by 2.4 percent.
Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at Discrimination Claims, said the figures were encouraging.
“While we still have a way to go, it certainly looks like we are heading in the right direction,” he said.
“There should not be any difference in pay for the same job – whether it’s a man or a woman performing a role – the same work should get the same pay.”
The ABS data reveals that average full-time salaries are lower for women than men in every occupation and industry in Australia.
Women are also under-represented in senior executive and management roles and female-dominated occupations and industries attract lower pay than male-dominated ones.
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