Australia’s gender equality scorecard - November 2017

Key findings from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s 2016-17 reporting data
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The fourth year of WGEA data records strong improvements in organisations conducting gender pay gap analyses, making managers accountable for gender equality outcomes and encouraging flexible work arrangements.

The data also 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. 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.

Some of the key findings included in today’s scorecard are (with percentage point movement since 2015-16):

Gender pay gap (full-time total remuneration): 22.4% (down 0.7 pp)

Employers who have conducted a gender pay gap analysis: 37.7% (up 10.8pp)

Employers with manager KPIs related to gender equality: 28.4% (up 5pp)

Appointments of women to manager roles (including promotions): 43.4% (up 0.8pp)

Employers with flexible work policies: 68.3% (up 5.3pp)

Proportion of women directors on boards and governing bodies: 24.9% (up 0.2pp)

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