Dec 2018 | Australia's underemployment and gender pay gap worse than OECD average

Date: 10 Dec 2018

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

A new comparison has found Australia's gender pay gap and rate of underemployment is worse than the average for developed nations.

The new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Jobs Strategy report shows that Australia's gender pay gap in 2015 was 41.5 per cent, higher than the OECD average of 38.1 per cent. The labour underutilisation rate (a combination of underemployment and unemployment) for 2016 was 28.5 per cent, which was higher than the OECD average of 27.2 per cent.

The rate of part-time employment for women was also higher than the OECD average and the labour supply of mothers with young children was low in comparison.