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Hays report confirms ongoing gender gap in career progression, pay and rewards in Australian workplaces


Hays report confirms ongoing gender gap in career progression, pay and rewards in Australian workplaces


Hays has released survey results in the lead-up to International Women’s Day which show workplace gender gaps remain in career progression, pay, and flexible working options.

The results of a Hays careers survey confirm a gender gap remains in Australian workplaces.

Hays surveyed 842 Australians, of whom 62% were female and 48% were male, and released the results last week in the lead-up to tomorrow’s International Women’s Day.

Findings include:

Career progression

  • 93% of women and 63% of men think women encounter barriers in their career progression,
  • 35% of men and 14% of women think that equal career opportunities are open to them regardless of gender,
  • 23% of female respondents said their last promotion was more than five years ago compared to 17% of male respondents,
  • 80% of respondents said the most senior person in their organisation was male,
  • 61% said their manager was male,
  • 38% said their working team is mostly female, 34% said mostly men and 28% had a balanced team,
  • 65% of men compared to 47% of women believe they have the opportunity in their current role to sufficiently promote themselves and communicate ambitions,
  • 38% of women compared to 22% of men are not confident that their line manager knows what their ambitions are,
  • 28% of females are dissatisfied with their current seniority level, compared to 11% of males, and
  • 58% of those dissatisfied females said it was because they are limited in opportunities to progress by their current employer.

Pay and rewards

  • 58% of men and 19% of women think they are paid in an equal manner regardless of gender, and
  • 86% of female respondents compared to 48% of men thought women encounter barriers outside of their control in regards to getting paid in an equal manner to men.

Flexible working options

  • 51% of all respondents said flexible working options were available to them in their current organisation,
  • 44% believe that, to some degree, flexible working options have improved the representation of women in executive and leadership roles,
  • 96% of female respondents thought it was important that agile and flexible working options are available to them in their organisation, compared to 86% of men,
  • more than 80% believe shared parental leave and child rearing responsibility would break down unconscious biases and improve gender diversity,
  • just 19% said their organisation offers parental leave for male employees on equal terms to female employees,
  • the majority said men in their organisation rarely take (27%) or take only some (46%) of their entitled parental leave, and
  • 61% of men said this is due to financial impact whereas 42% of women said it’s because they may be viewed as less committed to their career.


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Ben Ice

Ben Ice was MarketingMag editor from August 2017 - February 2020

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