In the lead up to International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, specialised recruitment company, Robert Half, shares some highlights from some of its Australian and US survey reports into how men and women fare in the modern workplace.
Gender pay gap
The overwhelming majority of Australian HR managers acknowledge a gender pay disparity in their company, and our research shows they are actively committed to doing something about it to achieve gender pay equality.
Last year, data
collected by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has found that the gender pay gap has narrowed by 1.6%, yet women still earn a sobering 23% less than men.
It was found that female employees working full-time earned, on average, nearly $27,000 less than men over 2015/16. The contrast is starker at high levels of management, where the disparity between earnings is $93,884.
Men are more confident than women in asking for a raise, negotiating salary and interviewing for jobs. Men and women have different plans for using extra income from a salary increase.
More men would put the extra income toward a splurge or major purpose; more women would put their pay increase toward debt.
Earlier this month, a Robert Half survey
, which involved more than 23,000 workers in 8 countries, showed that on a happiness scale of 0-100, respondents scored 70.
However, in the United States, men fare better than women in nearly every aspect of happiness studied.
The biggest difference was in the influence they have on business decisions, with 55% of men saying they are able to influence business decisions, compared to 47% of women.
David Jones, Senior Managing Director at Robert Half Asia Pacific, said most business leaders acknowledge that workplace happiness has a tangible impact on productivity and profitability.
“Happy employees tend to be more engaged, loyal, creative and productive than their less-satisfied counterparts,” Jones said in a statement.
“Creating a positive culture that engages employees and boosts satisfaction levels, enables companies to remain competitive and directly impacts the bottom line.”
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