Australia’s Workforce Still Has A Gender Parity Problem

The latest gender parity report from Roy Morgan Research shows there is still room for improvement in the Australian workforce. While there has been a slight increase in the number of women employed (up 2 per cent from 2006), there remains a dramatic gender imbalance in many industries and occupation categories; particularly when it comes to high paying jobs. Women also continue to ear less than men in the same occupations.

Roy Morgan’s data shows that many occupations are still affected by a dramatic gender imbalance in Australia. For example, the number of men working full-time in the professionals category is double that of women (6.5% vs. 3.1%), while just 6.5% of women hold managerial roles compared to 12.2% of men. The disparity between “skilled workers” is even worse: 11.1% for men and 1.4% for women. The only occupation categories in which women outnumber men are “Clerks/Typists” (7.0% vs 5.0%) and “Semi-professionals” (5.1% vs 3.4%).

According to Roy Morgan’s research, women tend to earn less too, as explained on its blog:

Whereas 9.9% of men employed full-time in jobs within the “Professionals” category earn $200,000 or more per annum, only 3.3% of full-time women do. Within the same category, 9.0% of men and 5.5% of women earn between $150,000 and $199,999, while 7.3% of men and 7.1% of women earn between $130,000 and $149,999.
Among the lower salary echelons (under $70,000), however, this pattern reverses, with women featuring more prominently. Whereas 8.2% of men employed full-time as Professionals earn between $60,000 and $69,999, that figure rises to 13.5% of women.

[Via Ray Morgan Research]

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