Essential Report

Reporting pay rates for women

Mar 25, 2014

Q. On average, women are paid 17.5 per cent less than men in Australia.

The Federal Government requires companies with more than 100 employees to report on numbers of female employees and their pay rates compared to male employees.

The Federal Government is currently considering making these rules apply only to companies with more than 1000 employees.

Which of the following is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

The rules should apply to all companies with over 100 employees

66%

73%

61%

76%

52%

The rules should apply only to companies with more than 1,000 employees

15%

12%

19%

9%

19%

Don’t know

19%

15%

20%

15%

29%

66% think that rules requiring companies to report on number of female employees and pay rates should apply to all companies with over 100 employees and 15% think it should apply only to companies with more than 1,000 employees.

74% of women thought it should apply to all companies with more than 100 employees compared to 57% of men.

Groups more likely to support the rule applying to all companies of over 100 employees were Greens voters (76%), Labor voters (73%) and part-time workers (71%).

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