Key trends reported in the WGEA scorecard 2018

Katie Barillaro
By: Katie Barillaro
Categories: Discrimination Return to Work Working Mum

On 13th December 2018, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) released their latest data on gender equality in Australian workplaces. The data was collected over a 5-year period from 2013-2018, looking at changes year-on-year to see how where there are gaps that can be worked upon. The overall results looked positive in terms of growth in most areas, however the growth was quite small and so there is a lot of room for improvement.

More women in leadership positions

In the area of workforce composition there has been a steady incline of women in leadership positions. Women now comprise 39.1% of all managers (up from 35.9% in 2014), with 43.3% of manager appointments in 2017-18 going to women. We have certainly seen a rise in the amount of managerial positions available for women being presented to us.

(Source: WGEA Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard 2018)


Men still take home over $25k a year more than women

Even though we still have a huge pay gap between men and women across the board, in the last year (between 2017-2018) the report shows the largest single-year drop for five years – down to 21.3% (a drop of 1.1%). That is because the proportion of organisations that conducted a gender pay gap analysis rose by 17.6% to 41.6% – proof that this research is well needed and can make a difference.

(Source: WGEA Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard 2018)


Access to employer-funded parental leave has remained static

The number of employers offering primary carer’s leave dropped from 48.5% to 47.8% (-0.7%), this could be due to some companies choosing to rely on the government paid parental leave scheme rather than offering their own. This is a blow to women wanting to take time out of their career to have children. Access to secondary carer’s leave (sometimes known as paternity leave) has, however, increased by 3% to 41.8%. Our partner Parents at Work have been doing some stellar work in this area and continue to push the boundaries of parental leave.

(Source: WGEA Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard 2018)

Please see our article ‘Employer commitment to flexible work still too low’ for more statistics from the WGEA report.

If you would like to talk further with us about strategies for attracting and retaining women in your business, please contact us.


Katie Barillaro
About Katie Barillaro
Katie joined JustMums in July 2018 as our Marketing Consultant and brings more than 20 years traditional and digital marketing experience to the team. Katie has previously worked for large recruitment brands and is a busy working mother balancing career and family.

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