Could Australia follow Iceland’s lead of making it illegal to pay women less than men?
In January Iceland made it illegal to pay women less than men. Would this work in Australia?
What is the Gender Pay Gap?
The national gender pay gap is the difference between women’s and men’s average weekly full-time base salary earnings, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings. It is calculated by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Currently, Australia’s national gender pay gap is 15.3%. It has hovered between 15% and 19% for the past two decades. With WA being the worst state at 26%.
The short WEGA video below explains how systemic this problem is in Australia.
Download the PDF below for a detailed report on the statistics involved.
2018 Australian Pay Gap Statistics
Although we have all the data and research findings needed and the belief that things need to change, the gender pay gap is nevertheless a complex, resistant and persistent dilemma. The conditions that create success for women still outstrip the barriers that hold them back. However, would compliance to a new law making it illegal be the way to go? Or, would this ultimately set things back?Legislate Gender Pay Equality - Close the Gap! #GenderPayGap Click To Tweet
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