Saturday, April 20, 2024

Slim win for Queensland gender pay gap

Queensland Minister for Women, Shannon Fentiman, says the Government’s gender equality strategy is delivering results for Queensland women.

The Government today released the 2022 Annual Queensland Women’s Statement (AQWS) and 2022 Gender Equality Report Cards (GERC) which show the gender pay gap has narrowed from 15.8% to 15.6%.

“Overall, there are some very encouraging signs for Queensland women,” Minister Fentiman said.

“We know, having more women working in male-dominated industries is crucial if we are to achieve gender equality, so it’s fantastic to see an increase in women taking on more diverse careers.

“It’s also encouraging to see the gender pay gap closing but the disparity remains far too great, and we need to continue to work harder to bridge that divide as soon as possible.”

Key findings of the annual report cards:

  • 57% of the population is female
  • participation rate of women in full time employment is 27.2% (up 0.3%)
  • overall participation employment rate for women is 48.5% (up 0.5%)
  • women make up 40.7% of serving judges and magistrates (up 2.8%)
  • women make up 77.6% of staff working in clerical and administration roles (up 0.2%)
  • women make up 17% of workers in technical and trade professions (up 1.1%)
  • women account for 17.5% of CEOs and managing directors (down 6.3%)

“It is disappointing to see a decline in the number of women in CEO and managing director roles – this is in contrast to the appointment of women on government boards,” said Minister Fentiman.

“In 2015, we set a target of 50% on Queensland Government Boards by 2020 and not only did we reach our target early, we have exceeded it by 4%.”

“Representation matters, and the Palaszczuk Government remains focused on creating a better, fairer, and safer Queensland for women and girls,” she said.

The Government also released the first annual report on progress made in the 2022-27 Queensland Women’s Strategy.

Gender equality achievements made in 2022 include:

  • Providing free period products to students in Queensland state and non-state schools via the installation of Dignity Vending Machines
  • Awarding 50% of scholarships of the newly created Queensland Academy of Sport Generation 2032 Elite Coaching program to emerging female coaches
  • Delivery of respectful relationships education in all Queensland schools

View the Gender Equality Report Cards: https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/queensland-womens-strategy-2022-27-report-cards 

View the Annual Women’s Statement: https://www.qld.gov.au/annualwomensstatement.

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