Are men blind to inequality?

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Are men blind to inequality?
Yesterday marked International Women’s Day and a new study from an international recruitment firm revealed that workplaces still have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality.

Recruitment firm Hays surveyed over 600 Australian men and women and found that 91% of men think there is equal pay between genders compared with 50% of women.

The study comes a week after a report from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency found that among top tier managers, men are paid on average $100,000 more per year than women.

Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand said that while the country has much to celebrate, there is still a way to go as some men could be blinkered when it comes to inequality.

“We have a lot to celebrate here in Australia on International Women’s Day, but many Australians would argue that progress towards workplace gender equality can still be hindered today by people, more often than not men, who fail to see any problem,” Deligiannis said.
 
“Given that the majority of people in executive and senior management roles are still men, it’s difficult to see how gender parity can be accelerated when many of those in positions of influence do not see any inequality issue to begin with.”
 
The Hays report found that 89% of respondents, both men and women, worked in businesses where the most senior person was male with 65% noting that their line manager was also male.
 
Ambition between both men and women for those senior management roles was almost identical, with 43% of women and 44% of men aspiring for managing director or CEO level.
 
“It’s interesting that there is little difference between male and female ambition for reaching senior positions,” Deligiannis continued.

“But being able to promote your achievements is a key part of successful career development and reaching such roles.

“When only half of women feel they have the opportunity to self-promote and communicate their ambitions, employers must do more to ensure opportunities are communicated to all and recognise and draw out the skills and ambitions of those around them.”

WGEA Director Libby Lyons called on board members of companies across Australia to address
"I urge all employers and boards to look closely at their own pay data and recruitment strategies to uncover and address gender pay gaps," Lyons said.

Hays said that employers should encourage female ambition, focus on employee self-promotion and implement and communicate gender diversity policies as the best steps to take for businesses.
 
7 Comments
  • John 2016-03-08 11:55:34 PM
    This appears to be largely about the most senior executive corporate officers on significant salaries and responsibility, where apparently there can exist a difference of AUD1000,000 in pay for the same role between sexes. This is not about equality it is about having the right person for the position based upon competency and non gendered remuneration. We have by now moved well beyond any argument that a female filling the same executive role would be offered such a vast amount less without merit nor accept it. No information to explain the factual basis as to why 50% of females 'believe' there is no pay equality, period. What are the reasons male executives apparently think otherwise? I support equality however this position is frankly becoming tired, there is utmost parity today and the best person for the role will be paid commensurate for that. If not, weed it out on a case by case basis. Are we seriously suggesting that a new and competent CEO of a company who happens to be female would today be offered and accept so much less compared to the previous male incumbent? With respect, no.
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  • Paul 2016-03-09 5:29:00 AM
    Bah humbug. A tiny fraction of CEO jobs exist in this country. Most people work for SME business as do most insurance brokers. Let's concentrate on what happens there. For example most of the women I have employed wanted to be mothers as part time workers while their children were young. They expected the blokes to work the longer, unpaid hours, chase clients after hours and weekends. Most women were loyal, competent and dependable. I am tired of the over represented tiny minority arguing about these subjects. I paid every person based on the degree of responsibility they shouldered the willingness to go the extra mile. My 2 female account mangers out of 6 were paid in some cases more than the blokes.
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  • Olivia 2016-03-09 8:49:05 AM
    John, with respect, your comment is what we like to call "mansplaining." You know, where a man dismisses the experience of women by telling them their experience is incorrect. While not all women will say they are paid less than their counterparts, there is no causal relationship to demonstrate that it never happens. Fact is, women feel it is happening and that is a perception that needs to be change if, indeed, it isn't actually true. Ask yourself where this perception comes from. Perhaps women talk about what they earn more than men? Perhaps the perception it exists is because it actually does. Perhaps it doesn't, but you ask a good question. I'd also like to know why so many men are so dismissive of the perception women have that wage parity has not yet been met. Why is it that we have to be so questioning when it comes to things we disagree with, yet accept without thought things that support what we do agree with?
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