Today Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) releases its 2017-18 scorecard. The dataset includes results from around 4500 non-government employers of more than 100 people. And while the general trajectory of data is positive, the overall picture is pretty disappointing for working women. When the World Economic Forum famously predicted that true gender equality was still a century away, they weren’t kidding around.
In the good news, there’s a greater number of Australian employers implementing policies for gender equality, including flexible work arrangements. We also witnessed the largest single-year drop in our country’s gender pay gap for more than five years. It’s fallen a little over one percent, to 21.3 percent (when accounting for total remuneration, not just base salary). What does this mean? Well, men still take home more than $25,000 a year on average than women.
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