On average, Australian women are working an extra 59 days a year to earn the same as men

Australian women are working an extra 59 days to earn the same as men

Women in Gaming and Hospitality Australasia is using Equal Pay Day to call on employers to achieve equality of outcomes within their workforce.

Today (28 August) is Equal Pay Day in Australia, which the Workplace Gender Equality Agency calculates as the 59 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.

WGHA CEO Helen Galloway said gaming companies have a fresh opportunity to review and reset gender representation after months of COVID shut-downs during 2020.

“As operators start standing-up staff after COVID-19 restrictions have interrupted their businesses, this provides the opportunity to reset where necessary to deliver gender equitable outcomes.” Ms Galloway said.

Gender Pay Gap is a measure of progress in terms of overarching diversity objectives and initiatives, all organisations should be conducting this type of analysis.”

What is the current picture like?

Only 28 out of the 104 companies that report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for Gaming & Hospitality have conducted a gender pay gap in the past 12 months.

“This needs to increase, as what gets measured gets done and allows an organisation to understand how their gender pay gap has arisen.”

Ms Galloway said WGHA advocates the business case that organisations that are inclusive of women and men at all management levels are more innovative, more productive, and deliver better financial performance.

Ms Galloway said that a gender diverse workforce assists a company to make better decisions by enabling greater diversity of thought.

WGHA is a not for profit organisation with a purpose to achieve an inclusive industry and ensure the leaders of the industry are driving this change.

The organisation showcases and celebrates those doing well and holds accountable and supports those organisations that have room for improvement.

WGHA represents the gaming, hospitality and gaming related industries to assist delivering better outcomes for women.