Women chasing equality in CQ as figures show gap remains big

IT costs to be a woman.

New research shows it takes a woman an extra 64 days to earn the same as what a man does in a year.

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day - 64 days from July 1 - a reminder of the additional work the average woman has to do to match what the average man takes home.

The Equal Pay Day calculation is based on the current national gender pay gap - 17.5%, which equates to the average full-time woman earning $266.20 less each week than the average full-time working man ($1252.20 compared to $1518.40, an annual difference of $13,842.40).

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is calling on employers to help close the pay gap.

The agency's director Helen Conway said people often asked if employers paid women less than men for doing the same job.

"While that may be true in some instances, the issue is more complicated. An organisation may pay women and men doing the same jobs the same amounts, but have an organisation-wide gender pay gap because women are under-represented in management, and over-represented in lower-paid roles," Ms Conway said.

The female- dominated health-care and social assistance industry has the highest gender pay gap (32.3%).

BEHIND THE TIMES?

Results in last week's ABC national online poll Compass showed the federal electorates of Flynn and Capricornia least in favour of the Commonwealth passing laws requiring more women to hold senior positions.

Flynn was the number-one electorate against more laws being passed, while Capricornia came in at fourth.

The online poll featured more than 900,000 responses from voters across Australia.



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