How women and girls can adapt, survive and thrive
Equal Pay Day marks the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same as men. In 2016 Equal Pay Day falls on 8 September.
The date is calculated with reference to the national gender pay gap, which is currently 16.2%. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency determines the national gender pay gap using Average Weekly Earnings data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
This data shows that over the previous twelve month period on average men working full-time earned $1613.60 per week, while women earned $1352.50 – a difference of $261.10 per week.
We are entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution; emerging technologies and changing demographics are expected to significantly change the future landscape of work globally and in Australia. Recent research paints a picture of our future work that is far from clear. That said, it is incumbent upon all individuals to plan for their future prosperity, by recognising the forces that are likely to shape that future.
economic Security4Women wants women to enjoy lifelong economic wellbeing. Our background paper on the future of work has been released to coincide with Equal Pay Day 2016, and encourages women and girls in Australia to pro-actively plan for a prosperous future in the emerging landscape of ‘new work’.