Recent trends in pay equity: Beyond the aggregate statistics

Whitehouse, G. M. (2001) Recent trends in pay equity: Beyond the aggregate statistics. Journal of Industrial Relations, 43 1: 66-78. doi:10.1111/1472-9296.00005

Author Whitehouse, G. M.
Title Recent trends in pay equity: Beyond the aggregate statistics
Journal name Journal of Industrial Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1856
Publication date 2001-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1472-9296.00005
Volume 43
Issue 1
Start page 66
End page 78
Total pages 13
Editor Ron Callus
Russell Lansbury
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
370107 Social Change
750101 Employment
Abstract The earnings gap between men and women has remained comparatively stable at an aggregate level over the 1990s in Australia. From one perspective, this is a reminder of the considerable difficulty of addressing wage differentials once the most overt forms of wage discrimination have been removed, and of the limited impact of most policy initiatives. From another, it may be seen as evidence that dire predictions about the effects of decentralisation on the earnings gap have failed to materialise. In this paper, I use Australian Bureau of Statistics data to show that a number of different trends are evident underneath the relatively static picture shown by the aggregate statistics, particularly as wage dispersion has increased. The data suggest not only that the prospects for pay equity are far from benign, but also that in the current labour market the issue of gender pay inequality cannot be effectively addressed separately from wage inequality more generally.
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