On Monday, the typical Australian woman reached an unhappy milestone – the additional days after the financial year they needed to work to earn the same as a man.
This year the gap is 60 days, representative of a national gender pay gap of 14.1%.
The average male full-time worker was paid $1,872.90 per week during the last financial year while female full-time workers took home $1,609.00 – a weekly difference of $263.90.
Australia’s persistent gender pay gap continues to disadvantage women and is driven by a range of factors, including:
- the undervaluing of work in women-dominated industries;
- barriers to joining higher-paid male-dominated industries;
- conscious and unconscious bias in hiring and pay decisions; and
- women’s disproportionate share of unpaid caring and domestic work.