Whether you work for a chocolatier in Belgium, a ski resort in the Austrian Alps, or a mining company in the Australian outback, your employer is likely required to report on gender equality in your workforce.
And from this week, over 9,000 UK employers will join this growing global group, as the UK government’s new gender reporting scheme comes into effect.
The UK government has legislated that all private, public and voluntary-sector employers with 250 or more employees in England, Wales and Scotland (but not Northern Ireland) publish pay gap data annually from this year.
The increasing trend towards workplace gender reporting has been spurred on by some staggering statistics.
Figures show that a gender pay gap in favour of men exists in all OECD countries.
On average, women in the OECD earn 15.1% less than men and the median gender pay gap across OECD countries ranges from 36.7% in Korea, to 3.3% in Belgium.
Gender reporting schemes require organisations to collect employee data, including salary and remuneration information, to uncover any wage inequalities between women and men.
Australia, Austria and Belgium were early adopters of government led workplace gender equality regulation.
Following the introduction of the 2012 Workplace Gender Equality Act, Australia is the only country in the world to have such a comprehensive dataset on the state of gender equality in the workplace.
- Download our new International Gender Reporting Schemes paper for more information.
- To explore our dataset visit data.wgea.gov.au