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26 Aug 2013 3:47 PM | Anonymous member

Media Link: WGEA welcomes new pay equity unit

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Yolanda Beattie, Public Affairs Executive Manager for the WGEA, reports that, following the release of new Average Weekly Earnings data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, WGEA calculated that Equal Pay Day 2013 falls on Tuesday 3 September.

The new ABS figures show that the current national gender pay gap remains relatively unchanged at 17.5%, and the industries with the highest gender pay gap are health care and social assistance (32.3%), financial and insurance services (31.4%) and professional, scientific and technical services (30.1%). WGEA will be updating its Gender Pay Gap factsheet and the Payroll Analysis Tool

Leading up to Equal Pay Day they will be conducting a social media campaign featuring our pick of the best pay equity YouTube videos from around the world – join in via #EqualPayDay.>

Equal remuneration between women and men is one of the gender equality indicators under Australia’s new Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. Under the Act, employers will need to report on: remuneration data broken down by gender; remuneration policies or strategies including gender pay equity objectives: and actions taken as a result of a gender pay gap analysis.>

This significant advance will provide WGEA with powerful data to help tackle the gender pay gap on an industry and organisational level.

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