Businesses across the country should audit their payrolls to examine levels of discrimination against women with the pay gap in Australia stagnating for the last five years, according to a new report.
The report, entitled Women in Leadership: Understanding the Pay Gap, by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, is based on three years worth of research into the country’s gender gap.
It shows the pay gap had not moved much in five years, rising and falling between 15 and 18%. The current gender pay gap is 17.6%.
Based on a survey of 600 women, the report also reveals half of women felt they had been discriminated against in the workplace.
Helen Conway, director of the workplace gender equality agency, said human resource departments should be audited to find any hidden prejudices in the recruitment process.
“The difficulty with the pay gap is a lot of people say ‘It’s them, not us, we don’t have a pay gap in our organisation’,” she said.
“Well somebody must have a pay gap in their organisation if the figure is as high as 17.6%.
“What that means is on average women are earning 17.6% less than men so what the report is saying is you need to do a pay audit to see what your issues are around the pay gap.
“What we’re asking people is…just do a simple payroll analysis because that will tell you whether or not you have a problem in your organisation.”
Of those surveyed for the CEDA report, 93.2% of women believed barriers to equality existed in their workplaces.
The report recommended providing workplace flexibility to women and men and education programs about the detrimental effects of unconscious bias.
Conway said people were keen to tackle unconscious bias but conscious bias was still very prevalent, and they both had the same effect.
Source: The Guardian
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