PAY EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA    

This is a piece of work I did several years ago for some partners. It was bascially a tool to help the organisation look at different professions and assess gender pay equality, although it can really be used by anyone. The tool allows drill down features so that the impacts of the likes of age and gender can be isolated. The tool was extended to view a multitude of socioeconomic profiles across all professions.  It uses 2016 census data so a little out of date, but on the other hand the richness of the census gives much greater depth than we would see in other sources. Check out status in our job ...

The interactive tool below allows us to explore pay inequality and diversity by job.  By factoring biases in age, education and industry we can generate a more balanced view of the gender pay gap in different jobs.  Further exploration well and truely shows there remains a considerable pay gap in Australia.

Getting a fair view of the gender pay gap is difficult as it often dismisses other factors which may drive this imbalance.  Using the ABS Census Table Builder Pro we can use income data along with other personal variables to overcome this. Although census reported income does include interest, rent and other income, it is predominantly salary making this an accurate (albeit imperfect) measure.  Below we see the jobs with the largest pay gap favoring males - followed by some of the few where the pay gap is reversed.

Jobs Most Favourable to Males

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Jobs Most Favourable to Females

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By exploring the tool below we can see the following ...

  • The pay gap for Secretaries increases as age increases.

  • The pay gap for Actors also increases with age.  But decreases as the age of Sportspersons increases.

We can also explore diversity and see the following ...

  • School Principals is the job most likely to belong the people of NW European origin (70.0%) - Packers and Product Assemblers the least (21.4%).

  • The most Male (major) job is Roof Tilers (99.5%) - the most Female is Dental Assistants (98.1%).

  • Surgeons are the profession most likely to be working 49+ hours per week (71.5%).

How does the pay gap and diversity track in your job?  Try the tool below ...

*only full time employees considered

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