Media and Communications Manager
The number of Australian employers analysing their payroll for gender pay gaps has risen dramatically over the last year.
New figures from the 2016-17 dataset of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (Agency) show that almost four in ten (37.7%) employers have now done a gender pay gap analysis, an increase of 11 percentage points alone over the last twelve months.
However, the percentage of employers analysing their pay gap varies greatly from industry to industry – and some of the best performing industries are the most male-dominated.
The Financial and Insurance Services and Mining industries are the most likely to have done a pay gap analysis, with around six in ten analysing their payroll in the last year.
But only around two in ten employers in Health Care and Social Assistance and Education and Training analysed their pay gap position in 2016-17. In fact, those two industries are the least likely to analyse their gender pay gap overall.
Agency data shows that, once they have done a gender pay gap analysis, over half of all organisations go on to take some form of action. Most commonly employers identify the cause of the gap, report the metrics to the executive and review remuneration decision-making processes.
Agency Director Libby Lyons says that organisations should be analysing pay gaps in like-for-like roles, at each professional level and across the entire organisation.
“You might be amazed at what you uncover once you start to look,” she said.