The gender pay gap has long been discussed in the media. Stating that men and women are paid based on their gender rather than their merit. It now seems our government has started to jump on this bandwagon.
The government will give an extra $8 million to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for public sector workplaces. This money will go to upgrading the system WGEA’s uses to report on the issue.
According to AAP, public sector employees will be able to voluntarily report any issues relating to gender pay gaps through this upgrade.
Women are in the workforce less than men
Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said:
‘While women in the Australian workforce have come a long way, on average they still earn less than men…
‘It is important to continue to improve the data available so we can identify and address sources of gender inequality in the workplace.’
According to the agency, data shows that a woman who works full time still earns less than the average man — roughly $26,000 less a year.
However, even today women are more likely to work fewer hours. Women work part time at twice the rate of men, according to AAP.
Women are also in the workforce less than men.
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