UTS to step up action on Gender Pay Equity
UTS is taking the next step in our action plan to tackle the persistent issue of gender pay equity through our newly established Social Justice and Inclusion Committee.
UTS Provost and Senior Vice President Professor Andrew Parfitt said, “UTS has a longstanding and continuing commitment to seeking to address our own gender pay gap. Our Equity and Diversity, and Human Resources teams conduct regular gender pay gap audits, including a detailed review and analysis of remuneration arrangements for women and men.
"This informs UTS’s work toward equitable working arrangements for women and men and helps us to understand how we are travelling against sector benchmarks.”
Gender pay inequity is a persistent problem across all industries, including the tertiary education sector. Data from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) shows that in tertiary education, with a majority female workforce (57.9 per cent), there is still a 12.7 per cent total remuneration gender pay gap for full-time employees.
While the national gender pay gap has declined in the last year, it still remains at 14.6 per cent (ABS, 2018), meaning women, on average, need to work an extra 62 days each year to earn the same pay as men.
UTS is pleased to participate in the Equal Pay Day Alliance, a partnership of more than 50 business, community sector and not-for-profit organisations committed to ending the gender pay gap.
The UTS Social Justice and Inclusion Committee draws on the expertise of academic and professional staff across the University and at its first meeting, considered as a priority issue, how best to make a step change in responding to gender pay inequities at our institution.
"I am confident that this new whole-of-University focus will will deliver tangible and implementable strategies to address the issues underlying the gender pay gap,” Professor Parfitt said.
This initiative ties in with other significant bodies of work we are undertaking in promoting greater gender equity at UTS and in the wider community through our Equal Futures and Respect.Now.Always. strategies.
While UTS is one of only three Australian universities to have been consistently recognised as a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we recognise there is still work to be done, including on gender pay equity.
More information about new UTS strategies to tackle gender pay equity will be available in early 2019.