The latest WGEA scorecard shows that there has been a strong increase over the past year in the proportion of employers analysing their payroll data for gender pay gaps. 55.7 per cent of organisations reported taking action on the results of their pay gap analysis by making managers accountable for gender equality outcomes, promoting women into manager roles and encouraging flexible work arrangements.
Over half of reporting organisations now have formal strategies and policies on remuneration. More employers report having key performance indicators for managers linked to gender equality outcomes. We are thrilled to hear that there has been a remarkable 10.8 percentage point rise over the past year in the proportion of employers analysing their remuneration data for gender pay gaps.
There has been little change over the three reporting periods in the gender balance of Australia’s boardrooms with women holding 24.9 per cent of positions. Women are also under-represented in management positions, comprising just 38.4 per cent of all managers. However, this looks to be improving as women are being promoted to these manager roles at higher rates than previous years, with 43.4 per cent of manager appointments in 2016-17 going to women – a promising improvement.