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Equal Pay Day highlights the ongoing challenges to gender equality

2016-09-08

Status of Women Minster Zoe Bettison says improving the gender pay gap requires a coordinated effort from government, industry and individuals.

Nationally, the gender pay gap has been between 15 and 19 per cent for the past 20 years, and is down from 17.9 to 16.2 per cent per in 2016. In South Australia, the pay gap is 11 per cent, the second lowest in Australia behind the ACT on 10.7 per cent.

On the national figures, women need to work an additional 70 days to men to receive the equal pay.

Ms Bettison remarks come on today’s Equal Pay Day which marks the additional days after the end of a financial year that women are required to work to earn the same as men.

The gender pay gap is influenced by work, family, culture and society. Often these include stereotypes about the work that women and men should do, and the way women and men should participate in the workforce.

The State Government supports strategies that help to address the gender pay gap including increasing women’s participation in traditionally male dominated occupations such as science, technology and mining; increasing flexible work options for men and women; and mentoring programs for women.

To assist organisations improve their workforce diversity and close the gender pay gap, guidelines for gender-neutral recruitment have been developed and are available online at www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au

Background

Closing the gender pay gap is a priority for the government, as outlined in the Investing in Women’s Futures, a blueprint for South Australian women’s economic empowerment.

The South Australian Government’s women’s policy Achieving Women’s Equality includes a focus on improving women’s economic status, specifically supporting and encouraging women to pursue non-traditional job roles and increasing the number of women in leadership positions.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that on average, men working full-time earned $1613.60 and women earned $1352.50, a difference of $261.10 per week. The gender pay gap measures the difference between women’s and men’s average weekly full-time equivalent earnings, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings.

Minister for the Status of Women, Zoe Bettison said

The causes of gender pay gap are complex, and there is no single solution. It requires a coordinated effort from government, industry, employers and individuals.

The gender pay gap has decreased this year, which is good, but any number above zero is not acceptable.

Women continue to earn significantly less than men. We must continue to improve the economic status of all women to close the gender pay gap

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