Media and Communications Manager
Education and Training is the second most female-dominated industry in Australia, after Health Care and Social Assistance.
In 2015 women made up 62.6% of Education and Training employees, yet across the industry they are concentrated in lower level and part-time roles; making up 82.8% of part-time workers and just 42.1% of key management personnel.
Similarly, while the Education industry overall has the second-smallest gender pay gap across Australia, currently sitting at 9.3% based on total remuneration for full-time employees, in some sectors it is significantly higher.
In the Preschool Education sector 89.1% of workers are women, yet they face a gender pay gap of 32.5%. Our data shows that no reporting employer in the Preschool Education sector has analysed their gender pay gap in the last four years.
WGEA data shows that in many areas employers in Education are less likely than their national peers to have policies or strategies in place to promote gender equality. For example, across the Education and Training industry only;
- 8.3% of employers analysed their gender pay gap in the last 12 months, compared with 19.1% nationwide
- 33.8% of employers have a flexible working policy, compared with 50% nationwide
- 45.6% of employers have an overall gender equality policy, compared with 54.6% nationwide.
There have been some improvements in recent years. In the Technical and Vocational and Education training sectors the numbers of employers with an overall gender equality strategy jumped from 50% in 2014 to 70% in 2015.
For more information on Education and Training, or to explore statistics for your own industry in more detail, visit the WGEA Data Explorer.