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Women and employment

Briefing paper

Women’s casual job surge widens gender pay gap

This briefing paper illustrates how Australia’s recovery from the pandemic recession widened the gender pay gap, as women’s jobs returned on a more part-time and casualised basis than for men.
Report

Women’s work: the impact of the COVID crisis on Australian women

Many Australians – particularly women – suffered more than they needed to in the COVID recession because elements of the government response were inadequate or ill-directed. This report urges governments to inject more money into services sectors, childcare, and aged care, and to rewrite the...
Working paper

Changing demand for STEM skills in Australia and gender implications

The need to increase the level of skills and qualifications of the Australian workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) features regularly in narratives of the future of work. In this paper, the authors propose a method for measuring the 'STEM-intensity'...
Policy report

Why reform of the Child Care Subsidy would strengthen Australia’s economy

In this report, the McKell Institute advocates for a universal Child Care Subsidy, and evaluates the Working Family Child Care Boost announced by Federal Labor Leader, Anthony Albanese, in his budget reply speech of 8 October 2020.
Report

Australia's STEM workforce: science, technology, engineering and mathematics

This report presents a comprehensive analysis of people with STEM qualifications and how STEM qualifications are used in the Australian workforce.
Briefing paper

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the STEM workforce

This rapid research information brief synthesises the evidence on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on women in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce.
Working paper

Understanding the rising trend in female labour force participation

Female labour force participation has increased tremendously since World War II in developed countries. The key contribution of this paper is to provide separate and internally consistent estimates of the role of tax and transfer policy reforms, wage growth, population changes and changes in labour...
Working paper

Transformative event, disruption or cumulative disadvantage? Labor market and education trajectories of young mothers in Australia

This paper investigates the effects of young parenthood on the following years of labour market and educational participation, using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey.
Report

Gender inequality in Australia’s labour market: a factbook

This publication outlines evidence on over 60 different statistical indicators of gender inequality in Australia, organised into 18 different subject groupings. It paints a composite picture of how women are blocked from full participation in work and economic activity, experience greater precarity in employment, are...
Policy report

Improving gender diversity in companies 2020

This report is an analysis of initiatives to improve gender diversity in companies. It examines innovative policies to recruit and retain talent across genders. Gender diversity is a significant issue of risk management for boards and for companies.