Years of inaction widens gender pay gap

Almost a decade of inaction on the gender pay gap under the previous Government has resulted in women continuing to earn less than men in every age bracket, according to data released today by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

On average, women earn $483.30 less per week than men, largely due to women shouldering the majority of care responsibilities and making up 61 per cent of workers reliant on Award and minimum wages.

WGEA attribute 20 per cent of the pay gap problem to women-dominated industries in care and education being undervalued and underpaid.

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