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Australian women missing out on equal pay

Published: October 6, 2016

New research has shown older female workers who ask for wage rises are less likely than their male counterparts to have their wishes granted.

In addition, one in five women are in the top ten per cent of earners in the country.

According to a recent study by Sarah Voitchovsky from the University of Melbourne and researchers from the London School of Economics and the Bocconi University in Milan, also shows of the top one per cent of earners, between 14 and 22 per cent are female.

This was compared to 21.5 per cent in Norway, 25.4 per cent in Australia and 32.6 per cent in Spain.

“Differences across countries are stronger, but still relatively small, when we look at the proportion of women in the top one per cent of the income distribution: it lay between 14 per cent in Norway and 22 per cent in Australia, Canada and Spain,” the researchers said.

“The second striking feature – and one that we did expect – is the decline in the proportion of women as one rises higher on the income scale.

“The share of women in the top ten per cent is between 1.4 and 1.9 times the share of women in the top ten per cent, except in Australia.”

Meanwhile, a further study by researchers at Cass Business School, the University of Warwick and the University of Wisconsin, revealed female workers ask for wage rises just as often as men, but men are 25 per cent more likely to get a raise when they ask.

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