Equal Pay for Australian Women – “Don’t Ask, Don’t Get” The Tipping Point

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‘In 2013, the national gender pay gap was 17.5%.  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

When the average Australian woman has to work an additional 2 months a year to achieve the same salary as the average Australian man, there is a problem.  If you think it sounds a bit dismal, you are right, and let’s not even mention our comparative superannuation payouts upon retirement, which are nothing to get excited about, and our longer average lifespan.

Women represent more than half the workforce – 50.5%. Their choice of occupation has some bearing on the difference in average pay (Mining Sector at the top for wages, and Food and Accommodation at the other end). Sadly women face a pay gap in nearly every occupation and the gap increases the higher up the corporate ladder. We know that the pay gap has little to do with our intelligence and level of competence. It has a lot to do with our lack of confidence! But it is from the whole story.

Click to read my full article published in The Weekend Australian Newspaper or online. 

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Kelly Magowan is the author of The Busy Women’s Guide to… Salary Negotiation available on Amazon and CreateSpace.

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