Closing the GAP! How Pay Transparency is Changing the Future of Pay-Day for Employees.

VALENTINA LWIN-BAILEY

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Times are changing and so is the way employees will be allowed to discuss pay rates in the workplace. 

The ‘Closing the Gender Pay Gap Bill’ was passed in March 2023 (1), which will enable Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) to start reporting annual gender pay gap publicly available from 2024 (2). This increased transparency puts a spotlight on Australian employers’ intentional actions to address pay disparity between women and men, and indirectly between full-time, part-time, and casual employees, as the latter two are lower paid and majority are women. 

With these latest changes, women will be able to compare their pay rates with their co-workers without fear of punishment if they wish to discuss any differences that they notice. 

Transparent reporting will mean employers stepping up and taking day-to-day actions as well making policy level changes to make meaningful shifts in the desired direction to close the pay gap. While there is a sentiment that we have stalled as a nation on workplace gender equality actions, the gender pay gap in Australia is currently 22.8 per cent (3), we can take a page out of the books from some of Australia’s Best Workplaces™️ that continue to close the gender pay gaps with positive and progressive actions.  

Common practices in Australia’s Certified™️ Companies and Best Workplaces™️ (4) 

  • Setting, monitoring and working towards targets on women participation in the workplace and in leadership roles, inc. Board level  
  • Practical development opportunities such as mentoring, coaching and job shadowing to increase promotion rate (and conversion L&D/Leadership training to being appointed to management role) 
  • Internal salary reviews, external salary benchmarking and sharing the outcomes openly with employees  
  • Partnership with primary and secondary schools, and outreach programs for girls and women in aboriginal communities, including career mapping session to generate aspiration, build awareness on gender, and pay equality  

Progressive actions your workplace can take 

  • Removing the “primary parent” title in parental leave policies health benefits  
  • Providing parental leave and other entitlements for same-sex parents  
  • Partnering with community agencies to enable older women (50+ women) to rebuild/relaunch their careers after adversity, by reskilling and job-readiness preparation 
  • Allowing appropriate conversations about pay rates to occur, and being willing to have open discussions around any discrepancies or differences

Want to know more about what you can do to support women in the workplace? Download our 2023 International Women’s Day Report here – https://greatplacetowork.com.au/iwd-report-2023/ 

Sources: 

(1) https://www.wgea.gov.au/newsroom/wgea-statement-on-closing-the-gender-pay-gap-bill   

(2) WGEA to publish the gender pay gaps of all private sector employers with 100+ employees from 2024 

(3) Pay secrecy is now banned in Australia. Here’s how that could benefit you | SBS News 

(4) Information is based on 2023 Best Workplaces and Certified companies in Australia 

VALENTINA LWIN-BAILEY

Valentina brings 25 years of experience in organisational development, people and culture, and teaching and training experience from across higher education, government and private sectors in Australia and Myanmar (Burma). In the past 15+ years, she has been focused on employee engagement, workplace culture, leadership development and strategic planning. Her recent HR leadership roles included heading up functional HR teams in large and complex organisations, including crisis management during the pandemic and political unrest. She exercises her passion for people development by teaching, mentoring and coaching young HR professionals in the areas of HR, management and career planning. Valentina is a strong advocate for full-person wellness, and achieves balance through yoga, outdoor activities, cooking and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2024 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

  • Micro 10-29 Employees
  • Small 30-99 Employees
  • Medium 100-999 Employees
  • Large 1000+ Employees

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces for Women™ List Methodology

The Best Workplaces for Women™list is determined using Great Place To Work’sFor All™methodology to evaluate hundreds of Certified™Great Place To Work®organisations across Australia.   

Data is based on over 40,000 employee survey responses from women in Great Place To Work® Certified™ organisations across Australia. 

The survey 

The survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organisation’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. 

Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organisational data like size, location, industry, and the number of women in the workforce and management positions. 

Considerations 

Great Place To Work analysed the gender balance of each workplace, how it compares to each company’s industry, and patterns in representation as women rise from front-line positions to executive/C-suite roles. 
Survey data analysis and women’s representation figures are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience and opportunities for all women, regardless of their role or demographic background.   

Eligibility   

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™. Companies must also employ at least 50 women. We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, and investigate any employee reports of company in compliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Please note this list is NOT ranked. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Best Workplaces™ Australia 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of almost 50,000 employees across Australia.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organisation creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organisation, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyse these experiences relative to each organisation’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organisation to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

For larger organisations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organisations to share with us their practices, policies and programs to creating a great workplace For All™ and evaluating the approach they take.

Why do you say in one place your national list scoring is based on 85%/15% and in another place that it is 75%/25%?

We are explaining two different things:

1.  The criteria we evaluate

2.  Where the data comes from