29 August 2022 is Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day marks the 60 additional days from the end of the financial year that Australian women must work, on average, to earn the same annual salary earned by men.
Each year, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) calculates the national gender pay gap and the date of Equal Pay Day using the latest Average Weekly Earnings released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
This year, the national gender pay gap is 14.1% for full-time employees, a rise of 0.3 percentage points over the last six months.
2022 Key Facts
- The national gender pay gap is 14.1%.
- On average, women working full-time earned $1,609.00 while men working full-time earned $1,872.90.
- Full-time average weekly earnings difference between women and men is $263.90.
- Each state has a different gender pay gap, representing different driving forces in that state.
To mark the day, WGEA is calling on employers to take urgent action on gender equality with five steps to close the gender pay gap:
- Conduct a pay gap audit, develop an action plan and establish accountabilities
- Set targets to promote gender equality at all levels of the organisation
- Design leadership roles that can be part-time and promote women into leadership
- Normalise flexible working arrangements
- Introduce a robust gender neutral paid parental leave policy
Lots of employers are already taking action to close their gender pay gaps. Learn how international engineering and construction company, Laing O’Rourke transformed their managerial pipeline, with employees now twice as likely to have a female leader at a construction site than they were a number of years ago.
How can you support Equal Pay Day this year?
This Equal Pay Day, we are encouraging everyone to get involved on social media.
Remember to use the hash tags #EqualPayDay and #GenderPayGap and tag us!
LINKEDIN: Workplace Gender Equality Agency
Here are some ways you can join the campaign to close the gender pay gap:
- Tell us what you would do if you had an extra $263.90 per week
- The gender pay gap is currently 14.1%. That means women earned more than $13,000 less than men last financial year. Tell us what you would do with an extra $13,700 a year by recording a video or writing a post about it.
- Post one of our graphics on your social channels. Tell your friends, family and followers that it’s Equal Pay Day.
Example post for employees: Today is #EqualPayDay! Women have to work 60 more days than men to earn the same amount. I’m going to WGEA’s Data Explorer to find out if my employer has done a pay gap analysis and is acting on the findings. #GenderPayGap @WGEAgency
Example post for employers: Today is #EqualPayDay! We will be joining the fight to close the #GenderPayGap by conducting a pay audit and taking action to close our organisation’s pay gap. @WGEAgency