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Last week, in the lead up to Equal Pay Day, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, (‘the Agency’) in  partnership with KPMG Australia and the Diversity Council of Australia, launched the newest instalment of She’s Price(d)less: the economics of the gender pay gap.

Women in leadership

The most senior roles are heavily male-dominated

The representation of women declines with seniority. However, the representation of women across all manager categories has grown consistently since 2013-14.

2019 Scorecard chart 12 - leadership levels

New research by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) offers definitive proof that gender equity drives better performance, greater productivity and greater profitability

The Business Council of Australia, McKinsey & Company and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency teamed up to undertake a study using three years of WGEA data and more than 40 interviews. The result, Women in Leadership: Lessons from Australian companies leading the way, provides an evidence-based recipe for dismantling barriers to women’s participation at senior levels and a correlation between representation of women in senior roles and the practice of normalising flexible work.

Women in management by industry

Increases in women managers across most industries

Women’s management representation has increased in most industries, with only three sectors recording lower proportions of female managers this year (Health Care and Social Assistance, Administrative and Support Services and Accommodation and Food Services).

The biggest industry increases in female representation among managers were in Transport, Postal and Warehousing (up 1.8pp to 27.7%), Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (up 1.1pp to 35.2%), Manufacturing (up 1.1pp to 24.6%), and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (up 1.0pp to 34.8%).

2019 Scorecard table 6 - women in management by industry