“In April 2009, BPW Australia determined to galvanise advocacy around the issue of equal pay and gender inequity started the Equal Pay Day Campaign.” At this time I was fortunate to be involved with BPW in Melbourne on Bourke Street, handing out information and obtaining signatures for the campaign. It was hugely successful. In July 2009 BPW Australia reached a landmark agreement with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) signing a Memorandum of Understanding to form the Equal Pay Alliance.
‘In 2015, the national gender pay gap was 17.9%. This has not shifted in the last 20 years. Another way to look at this statistic is that the average woman would have to work an additional 64 days per year to earn the same as the average man.’ Click to view statistics source
Some of the issues that contribute to wage inequality will not be easily resolved and will take time before we see real changes. However, there are a few areas women can take control of to assist in addressing the imbalance. These all revolve around negotiation of salary; be that for full time or part time work, a bonus, added benefits or asking for above award wages.
Studies undertaken on this topic across the globe show that women are highly uncomfortable with salary negotiation – as a result we avoid it. Even when we do enter into a salary negotiation we don’t actively seek out the best deal for ourselves, but rather look to a positive outcome for both parties.
Some key facts include –
- Men initiate negotiations about four times as often as women.
- Many women are so grateful to be offered a job that they accept what they are offered and don’t negotiate their salaries
- Women report salary expectations between 3 and 32 percent lower than those of men for the same jobs.
If any of the above facts ring true for you, I would like to encourage you to download my complimentary copy of the e-book The Busy Women’s Guide to… Salary Negotiation
Note: The book is complimentary from the 4th to the 9th September on Amazon.
To find out more visit Equal Pay Day