Gender pay gap greatest among Australian managers
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Gender pay gap greatest among Australian managers

Detailed earnings information released by the ABS today reveal a clearer picture of the differences between men and women’s pay packets

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Wed, Jan 24, 2024 12:23pmGrey Clock 2 min

Women in management experience the greatest hourly pay gap, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours released today showed the difference between average hourly earnings for men and women in management roles in May 2023 was $14.10 per hour, ABS head of labour statistics, Bjorn Jarvis said. In percentage terms, that represents a 19 percent difference.

While the gap was starkest at the top level, men continued to earn more per hour across all eight major occupation groups, the statistics revealed, with the smallest gap among sales workers at 7 percent.

In terms of weekly earnings, men earned an average of $1,731 and women $1,261. The average pay for all employees was $1,490 in May 2023.

“Analysing the difference between male and female earnings is complex and there is no single measure that can provide a complete picture,” Mr Jarvis said. “Hourly earnings comparisons are particularly useful in understanding gender pay differences beyond weekly earnings measures, given women are more likely to work part-time than men.”

For part time workers, where women make up the majority at 69 percent of employees, women earn more on average at $817 compared with $759 for men.

“This reflects the greater use of part-time working arrangements by women in higher paying jobs, compared to men,” Mr Jarvis says.

Across the employment sector, distributional data showed that the top 25 percent of workers earned more than $1,956 per week in May 2023 while the lowest 25 percent earned less than $785. On an hourly basis, managers came out on top at $67.20 per hour, followed by professionals at $60.60, followed by labourers ($32.20) and sales workers ($30.90). 



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