The gender pay gap has hit a record high of 18.8 per cent according to Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, prompting calls for the Federal Government to reverse the upward trend.
Men now earn almost $300 more per week than women based on the average weekly earnings for full-time workers.
The latest figures represent the biggest gender pay gap since the ABS began collecting the data in 1994.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) president Ged Kearney said while the data reflected pay across the board, women could be paid less in the same jobs as men.
Women also made up the majority of workers in some industries where earnings were low.
The latest figures compared the average weekly full-time earnings of men – $1,587.50 – and found women were about $298 worse off.
The more education a woman has, the greater the disparity in her wages. This certainly doesn’t mean women should shy away from professional positions, but they should be aware that they may have to battle harder for equal pay. Women in professional specialty occupations were found to earn just 72.7% of what men in the same position earned, and women in upper-level executive, administrative and managerial occupations earned even less at 72.3%. Read more at College Times
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