The Herald Sun has reported today that nearly two-thirds of women aged between 20 and 74 are working, compared with 60.3 per cent a decade ago
An overwhelming number of women remain part time – 45.1 per cent of women, compared with 43.8 percent in 2002.
Only 15.8 per cent of men work part time.
While this research is always interesting, it’s disappointing to see the focus once again on women in ‘high flying, highly paid’ positions such as CEOs and Prime Ministers, when the research really seems to tell us that more of of us are working in small business and the retail sector.
In fact the retail sector provides the best chance of equal pay with women earning, with women earning 93.2 per cent of average male earnings.
So if you want to be paid the same as blokes, work in retail? Perhaps. Maybe it’s thet retail workers simply aren’t paid very much.
What do you think? Do you work part time? Would you rather work more or fewer hours?
- Equal Pay Day Europe 2012 (slideshare.net)
- Is this the real price of motherhood? Women can’t find good part-time jobs on return to work (dailymail.co.uk)
- SDA continues to defend rights of retail workers