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September 4, 2017

Equal Pay Day 2017

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Today is Equal Pay Day.

Equal pay day is administered by Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as a symbolic day to reflect the national pay gap, marking the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same as men.

Australia’s current gender pay gap is 15.3% The calculations are based on using Average Weekly Earnings data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The gender pay gap has decreased by 0.9 percentage points from last year. Whilst a decrease certainly should be celebrated it is frustrating to learn that the gender pay gap has hovered between 15% and 19% for the past two decades. The ‘progress’ is certainly slow when considering Australia introduced Equal Pay legislation in 1969.

Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, said:

“The gender pay gap is a measure of lost potential, showing that women still face barriers to accessing senior and high-paying roles.”

Causes of the Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap is influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • discrimination and bias in hiring and pay decisions
  • women and men working in different industries and different jobs, with female-dominated industries and jobs attracting lower wages
  • women’s disproportionate share of unpaid caring and domestic work
  • lack of workplace flexibility to accommodate caring and other responsibilities, especially in senior roles
  • women’s greater time out of the workforce impacting career progression and opportunities.

DCC* Employers Working on closing the Gender Pay Gap

Pay Equity is a priority for DCC* and a key feature of our pre-screening criteria. We have seen amazing results from DCC Endorsed Employers in their efforts to promote gender equality at work. A number of DCC Endorsed Employers have been working towards becoming a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Pay Equity Ambassador and we congratulate the newest CEOs on the list from Laing O’RourkeRobert Bird Group and QinetiQ. To become a Pay Equity Ambassador, their organization must have:

  • Undertaken a pay gap analysis of its workforce in the last two years,
  • Taken action on the results, and
  • Communicated their pay equity initiatives to their employees.

Managing Director of DCC* Endorsed Employer MSD, Riad El-Dada is also a dedicated pay equity ambassador. MSD has been named by an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality two years in a row by WGEA.

Managing Director of DCC Endorsed Employer MSD, Riad El-Dada

Engineering consultancy Robert Bird Group  have also made impressive progress since joining DCC* in 2015.

Robert Bird Group Jason Beutel Managing Director

Tackling the gender super gap is another priority for our Endorsed Employers, recognizing the structural impediments currently resulting in women retiring with an average of 52.8% less in super savings compared to men.

Schneider Electric along with BHP, Aurecon, Australian Super, BOQ, Avanade, CbusCommBankThales Holcim, and NAB all pay super whilst on unpaid parental leave. This is an extremely important initiative to make super fair.

“AECOM has invested in closing the gender pay gap and in the space of 12 months, reduced the gap by 3.4% across its 2,750 Australian employees.”

Guy Humble Former Managing Partner, McCullough Robertson (McR) is also a Pay Equity Ambassador and participated in the DCC* 2016 International Women’s Day #PledgeForParity campaign.

Guy Humble Head of Commercial Disputes McCullough Robertson

We are proud to see many of DCC’s* Endorsed Employers featured on WGEA’s Pay Equity Ambassador list:

Cbus, NAB, Rabobank, BP, Mercy Health, Aurecon, GHD, Clayton Utz, WMware, Accenture, ThoughtWorks, Henry Davis York, Deloitte, EY, Vicinity Centres, Commonwealth Bank, AECOM, PwC, Reserve Bank of Australia, Australian Super, AGL Energy, MSD, Robert Bird Group, QinetiQ, REA Group, Laing O’Rourk, Ashurst, Altis Consulting, Arcadis, AMEX and BOQ.

*This article references Diversity City Careers or DCC. This is what WORK180 was known as when we first launched back in 2015. You can find out more about our story here.

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