Employer action on gender equality

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Family and domestic violence

More organisations support employees experiencing family or domestic violence

There was a substantial increase in the number of employers who have a formal policy or strategy to support employees who are experiencing family or domestic violence, up 13.3pp to 60.2%. The industries with the strongest increase were Arts and Recreation Services (up 21.2pp to 67.3%), Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (up 21.1pp to 66.3%) and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (up 20.9pp to 68.5%).

There was also a strong increase in the number of employers offering paid domestic violence leave (up 8.9pp to 30.3%).

2019 Scorecard chart 6 - orgs with a DV policy/strategy

More organisations offer domestic violence support mechanism

The number of employers offering some form of support for employees experiencing family or domestic violence increased by 2.9pp to 88.3%.

2019 Scorecard chart 7 - DV support mechanisms

Action on pay equity

More organisations analyse gender pay gaps

There was solid growth in the number of employers analysing their payroll data for gender pay gaps (up 3.1pp to 44.7%). Of these, over six in ten reported taking action as a result of their pay gap analysis (up 1.8pp to 60.5%). However, an action gap remains: 39.5% of employers who undertook a pay gap analysis then took no action to address it.

More organisations with formal strategies for pay equity

The number of organisations implementing formal policies and/or strategies on remuneration with specific pay equity objectives is increasing. 62.7% of organisations report having a formal policy and/or strategy on remuneration (up 1.1pp). Of these organisations, 40.9% now have pay equity objectives in their remuneration policy or strategy.

2019 Scorecard chart 8 - action on pay equity

Gender equality strategies

Employers continue their focus on gender equality

Over 75% of the organisations reporting to the Agency now have an overall gender equality strategy or policy (up 1.1pp to 75.4%).

2019 Scorecard table 3 - gender equality strategies

Flexible working

More organisations promote flexible working

The 2018-19 data shows a 2.0pp increase in the number of organisations reporting they have a formal flexibility policy and/or strategy in place.

2019 Scorecard chart 9 - orgs with a flexible work policy/strategy
  • Financial and Insurance Services has the highest proportion of organisations with a formal policy and/or strategy on flexible working arrangements (up 4.7 pp to 90.6%).
  • Construction has the lowest proportion (down 0.4pp to 55.5%).
  • The strongest improvements were in Wholesale Trade (up 6.4pp to 74.8%), Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (up 5.1pp to 77.1%) and Mining (up 5.1pp to 68.0%).
  • Just over one in four organisations with a flexible working strategy provide manager training on flexible work and only one in 20 set targets for employee engagement in flexible work.
2019 Scorecard chart 12 - flexible work strategies

Parental leave and support for caring

Improved access to paid parental leave*

Although the provision of employer-funded paid parental leave reached a six-year high, over 50% of employers still provide NO access to employer-funded paid parental leave.  Access to paid parental leave is highly dependent on the size and industry of the employer.

  • In 2018-19, the number of employers offering paid parental leave for primary carers increased by 1.6pp to 49.4%.
  • 43.8% of employers offered paid parental leave for secondary carers – an increase of 2.0pp.
  • Women account for 93.5% (down 1.4pp from 2017-18) of all primary carer’s leave utilised with men accounting for only 6.5% (up 1.4pp).
  • Overall, women account for 71.5% (down 0.7pp) of all parental leave while men comprise the remaining 28.5% (up 0.7pp).

Primary carer’s leave is most commonly available in large organisations: 74.5% of organisations with 5000+ employees offer it, compared with 43.8% of organisations with fewer than 250 employees.

2019 Scorecard table 4 - parental leave by org size

Length of paid primary carer’s leave

Of those employers offering paid primary carer’s leave, 7-12 weeks is the most common length of leave period (19.9%). Only 4.0% of employers offer 18 or more weeks of paid primary carer’s leave.

2019 Scorecard chart 11 - weeks of parental leave offered

Improved results on support for caring

There is solid growth in organisations reporting they have a formal policy or strategy to support employees with family and caring responsibilities (up 2.2pp to 66.5%). The proportion of employers offering non-leave based measures to support employees with caring responsibilities also increased (up 1.5pp to 55.2%).

  • Of those employers that provide support, the most common non-leave based measures are breastfeeding facilities (69.4%) and referral services to support employees with family and/or caring responsibilities (52.4%).
  • Just 10.8% of these employers offer on-site childcare, 7.5% offer employer-subsidised childcare and 7.3% offer return to work bonuses on return from parental leave.

Parental Leave by Industry

Increased access to paid parental leave in most industries

  • Paid primary carer’s leave is most commonly offered in Education and Training (79.2%) and Financial and Insurance Services (76.4%).
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services remains in the top three (75.5%) despite a 3.2pp drop since 2016-17.
  • Paid primary carer’s leave is least frequent in Retail Trade (21.3%) and Accommodation and Food Services (20.6%).
2019 Scorecard table 5 - parental leave by industry