Gender pay gap narrows: New ABS figures out today

Gender pay gap narrows: New ABS figures out today

Office for Women
Thursday, 21 February 2019

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Four people sit at a table in an office environment. Two of them are women who are facing the camera, while a third woman and a man have their backs turned to the camera.

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have shown the nation’s full-time gender pay gap has narrowed to a historic low of 14.2%.

The figures equate to women earning $240.80 less than men on average per week, in full‑time roles working ordinary hours.

The gender pay gap is persistent and has hovered at between 14% and 19% for the past 20 years.

All industries continue to have a gender pay gap in favour of men.

By industry, the lowest pay gap (5.4%) is in Public Administration and Safety, while the highest (26.8%) is in Financial and Insurance Services.

The Women’s Economic Security Statement launched in November 2018 included a package of initiatives to target education, skills, financial literacy and empowerment for women.

In March 2019 the Minister for Women will hold a Reducing Barriers to Work forum with business to look at innovative solutions and opportunities to increase women’s workforce participation.

To learn more about what is being done read the Women’s Economic Security Statement.

More information on the Average Weekly Earnings and Labour Force statistics is available on the ABS website.