Trends in Australia’s Gender Wage Ratio

Alison Preston, Therese Jefferson

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ABSTRACT: Contrary to expectations, Australia's gender-wage ratio (GWR)
has remained remarkably stable throughout a prolonged era of significant labour market deregulation. This article examines recent trends in Australia's GWR
and cautions against its use as an accurate measure of women's and men's
labour-market experiences. In particular, three key issues need to be considered: (i) women's patterns of workforce participation and over-representation in part time work; (ii) different methods of pay-setting relevant to different labour-market sectors; and (iii) data limitations on our capacity to fully monitor developments in some labour-market sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-84
JournalLabour and Industry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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