Policy Online carries links to two reports highlighting recent research into the gender pay gap in Australia, one report from the ACTU (7.3.16) and another from the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (3.3.16). Both reports argue that disparity in pay levels between men and women, and associated disadvantage, is presistent and present at every level of the workplace.
‘A new report released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) reveals that Australian women are financially disadvantaged at every key stage of their life: in childhood, at the workplace, through pregnancy, motherhood and as a carer, and in retirement.
‘The ACTU’s Gender Pay Gap – Over the Life Cycle report shows that whether given less pocket money as a child, lower wages as a graduate, a poorer household income in pregnancy and as a mother or much lower savings in retirement, girls and women still face overwhelming inequality and lack of opportunity.
‘Women make up 42% of the workforce but currently earn 17.2% less than men. Today’s findings provides a three year update of Australian women’s pay and conditions since the ACTU’s original Gender Pay Gap report was published in 2013.’