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Gender Pay Gap Shrinks But Women Still Paid Less Than Men

Gender pay gap shrinks but women still paid less than men

The gender pay gap is shrinking, but women are still paid less than men.

The latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the wage gap narrowed by 0.6 percent.

Gender pay gap shrinks

The ABS compiled the data during November last year.

It showed women working full-time earned an average $1,562 a week, while men working full-time earned $1,804 a week.

The difference totals $242 a week or 13.4 percent.

Earnings higher than a year ago

Average weekly earnings came in 3.2 percent higher in November 2020 than the same time a year ago.

Women’s annual weekly earnings rose at a faster pace, increasing 3.6 percent in the year to November.

Meanwhile, men’s average ordinary earnings rose 3 percent.

Earnings rose more in the private sector compared to people working in the public sector.

Low-paid jobs recovering the fastest

Bjorn Jarvis from the ABS said the shrinking pay gap is the result of specific industries recovering strongly following the pandemic.

“While the recovery has varied by industry and other factors, there has been enough recovery at the lower end of the distribution to put downward pressure on the average.”

In other words, the jobs recovering the strongest mainly include lower paid roles, and as a result, the overall averages reflect that.


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No excuse for wage discrimination

Workplace Gender Equality Agency head, Libby Lyons, said work still needs to be done to bring women’s pay to the same level as men’s.

“Our economic recovery depends on women and men having genuine choice and equal access to re-engage and fully participate in the workforce.”

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