The national gender pay gap remains stable at 14.0%, a drop of just 0.1pp over the last six months. This year, [Un]Equal Pay Day is on 28 August 2019, marking the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work, on average, to earn the same amount as men earnt that year.
Using the latest Average Weekly Earnings trend series data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has calculated the national gender pay gap as 14.0% for full-time employees, a difference of $241.50 per week.
2019 Key Facts
- The national gender pay gap is 14.0%. It has declined from 14.1% in the past 6 months.
- On average, women working full-time earned $1484.80 while men working full-time earned $1726.30.
- Full-time average weekly earnings difference between women and men is $241.50.
2019 Theme: #The Gap Matters
The national theme for [Un]Equal Pay Day 2019 is ‘The gap matters’. The gender pay gap matters because it measures the extent of the barriers women face in the workforce. Women’s full potential in the workforce is not being realised and this is costing individuals, families and the Australian economy.
The gender pay gap is a compounding economic issue that results in women retiring with around 40% less superannuation than men.
Focusing on why closing the gender pay gap is important to you, we invite you to have an open discussion about Equal Pay Day via your communication channels.