This year, Equal Pay Day (Friday 28 August 2020) marks the 59 additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work, on average, to earn the same amount as men earned that year. The national gender pay gap is 14%.
As a cohort, women have been among the hardest hit financially by the COVID-19 shutdown, due in part to their over-representation in casual and part-time work in the sectors most affected during the pandemic. As our economy slowly recovers from COVID-19, we have the opportunity to build a more equal economy.
Employers play a key role and these five measures would go a long way to achieving equal pay:
- Offering and promoting flexible working policies to all employees, regardless of gender.
- Offering paid domestic violence leave.
- Offering paid parental leave to women and men.
- Encouraging and supporting men in taking time off to care for children or family members.
- Conducting a pay equity analysis.
Right now, our leaders and governments have the opportunity to sure up thousands of positions and help tackle the gender pay gap by providing fair wages and improving working conditions for women in the workforce.
2020 Key Facts:
- On average, in the previous financial year women working full-time earned $1,558.40 while men working full-time earned $1,812.00.
- The full-time average weekly earnings difference between women and men is $253.60.
- Women make up 69% of Tasmania’s 33,300 community and personal service workers, including domestic violence, mental health and homelessness services.
- Nearly 60% of community and personal service workers are employed part-time.