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News News WA women earn $470 pw less than men, worst in Australia
Media Release      21 February 2013
WA women earn $470 pw less than men, worst in Australia
UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of data measuring the gap in earnings between women and men nationally as well as in WA.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary, UnionsWA said:
“Today’s ABS release has the gender pay gap in WA the worst in Australia. On average women in WA earn $469 per week or $24,393 a year less than men.
“This is far worse than the gender pay gap across Australia with women earning $262 per week or $14,000 a year less than men nationally.
“WA is going backwards, the gap is actually getting worse, not better.
“In November 2009 the earnings of men were 24.1% higher than women, now those earnings are 26.9% higher.
“The costs of living in WA are high and rising, so that makes this difference all that more stressful.
“For women to be earning so much less is not good for workplaces, or for relationships between women and men at home or in the community.
“To bridge this gap, we need to do more, especially in WA.
“Employers need to improve their recruitment practices, particularly for women who want to work in non-traditional occupations such as those in the resources sector.
“In traditional occupations held by women such as in health and community services, the pay needs to be better.
“The success of the Australian Services Union in its pay equity case under the Fair Work Act will do much to redress poor pay of community sector workers.
“Our industrial relations system has an important role.
“The introduction by the Federal Government of the paid maternity leave scheme and the proposed new right to request flexible work arrangements such as part time work, are examples of how women can be supported to remain in the workforce.
“We also need to make work more secure. Casual and after-hours work loadings have a role, but security of work and flexible arrangements for work are a better way to go, especially for women.”
Source: ABS release 6302.0 - Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2012 http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6302.0Nov%202012?OpenDocument Note: Annual earnings have been calculated by multiplying averaged weekly earnings by 52.  Ordinary weekly earnings for women in WA were estimated at $1,278 and for men at $1,747 in November, 2012.
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of data measuring the gap in earnings between women and men nationally as well as in WA.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary, UnionsWA said:


“Today’s ABS release has the gender pay gap in WA the worst in Australia. On average women in WA earn $469 per week or $24,393 a year less than men.

 
“This is far worse than the gender pay gap across Australia with women earning $262 per week or $14,000 a year less than men nationally.


“WA is going backwards, the gap is actually getting worse, not better.


“In November 2009 the earnings of men were 24.1% higher than women, now those earnings are 26.9% higher.

 
“The costs of living in WA are high and rising, so that makes this difference all that more stressful.  


“For women to be earning so much less is not good for workplaces, or for relationships between women and men at home or in the community.


“To bridge this gap, we need to do more, especially in WA.


“Employers need to improve their recruitment practices, particularly for women who want to work in non-traditional occupations such as those in the resources sector.


“In traditional occupations held by women such as in health and community services, the pay needs to be better.


“The success of the Australian Services Union in its pay equity case under the Fair Work Act will do much to redress poor pay of community sector workers.  


“Our industrial relations system has an important role.  


“The introduction by the Federal Government of the paid maternity leave scheme and the proposed new right to request flexible work arrangements such as part time work, are examples of how women can be supported to remain in the workforce.


“We also need to make work more secure. Casual and after-hours work loadings have a role, but security of work and flexible arrangements for work are a better way to go, especially for women.”

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Source: ABS release 6302.0 - Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2012 http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6302.0Nov%202012?OpenDocument

Note: Annual earnings have been calculated by multiplying averaged weekly earnings by 52.  Ordinary weekly earnings for women in WA were estimated at $1,278 and for men at $1,747 in November, 2012.

 

 
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