Gender pay gap widens in the Construction industry

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The construction industry now has the second highest gender pay gap, according to results from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WEGA) 2019-20 report.

The construction industry was found to have a gender pay gap of 26.1 per cent, following the Financial and Insurance Service industry which was found to have a gender pay gap of 27.5 per cent.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) said this was an increase of 0.1 per cent since 2019 and on average equates to a difference of $36,361 in total renumeration between men and women.

NAWIC National Chair Kristine Scheul said the report card results are disappointing given how much discussion and work has been undertaken to turn it around.

“That in 2020 we’re faced with an increase in the gender pay gap speaks to how much more engagement needs to be undertaken with our stakeholders,” she said.

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