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Australia’s Gender Pay Gap Problem Worst in Peak Earning Years

  • Remuneration gap persists up to C-suite level, WGEA data show
  • Many women work part-time, miss out on senior management roles
Commuters at Martin Place in Sydney.

Commuters at Martin Place in Sydney.

Photographer: Lisa Maree Williams/Bloomberg

Men in Australia out-earn women at every stage of their working life, with the pay gap the most pronounced at the peak of their careers, Workplace Gender Equality Agency data show. 

The gap is widest between the ages of 45 and 64, where men earn more than 30% extra per year, or more than A$40,000 ($27,740), on average, according to a new WGEA report