Media and Communications Manager
Australian employers report every year on pay and the composition of their workforce, by gender. Here’s what the latest data shows us:
84.6%: CEOs or heads of business that are men. While women make up nearly half the total workforce, their representation declines steadily with each step up the corporate ladder.
24.0%: overall gender pay gap in favour of men based on total remuneration, which includes salary, superannuation and discretionary pay including bonuses. On average, men working full-time in Australia earn over $27,000 a year more than women working full-time.
35.0%: the gender pay gap in financial and insurance services, the largest pay gap of any industry. While the majority of employees in finance and insurance are women, the top jobs – with their big salaries and bonuses – are dominated by men.
75.1%: of part-time jobs are held by women, showing that women are much more likely than men to fit work around caring. While women struggle for equal opportunity and reward in the workplace, men struggle to be recognised as carers.
6.3%: of management roles are part-time. While more than one in five (22.7%) of non-management roles are part-time, employers aren’t embracing non-standard work hours in senior roles – excluding people with caring responsibilities from progressing their careers.
80.4%: of employees working in health care and social assistance are women. Many Australian industries are dominated by employees of one gender, with ‘blue-collar’ industries remaining male-dominated and women concentrated in health, education and retail. Female-dominated industries traditionally offer lower pay.
88.3%: the proportion of technicians and tradespeople who are men. It’s not just industries which are gender segregated, but occupations too, with three-quarters (74.6%) of clerical and administrative workers being women.
26.3%: employers who conducted a gender pay gap analysis in 2014-15. This represents an increase since last year and growing awareness that unconscious bias could be affecting pay outcomes.
16.1%: have a gender target for their board. With women comprising fewer than one-quarter (23.6%) of directors and one-seventh of chairs (14.2%), targets are a way to help improve gender equality on the governing bodies of corporate Australia.
4 million: employees in Australia are covered by the Agency’s dataset, which is around 40% of employees in Australia. *Data is collected from non-public sector organisations with 100 or more employees.