With Melbourne Cup and racing fever in the air at the moment, perhaps its a good time to see whether or not you are backing a winner in the pay equity stakes?
Workwise hasn’t yet – in our 15 years of operation – had a query with regard to gender & pay equity, but as the topic hots up and more and more people are becoming aware of the questions being asked, it’s probably just a matter of time.
How many of our Member base knows about the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)?
How many of you are actually reporting statistics to the WGEA?
How many of you know that the requirement to report to the WGEA even exists?
For those who employ 100+ staff (excluding the Public Service), you are required to report annually. For those employers payrolling more than 500 employees the reporting has new standards and in April 2015 additional reporting requirements will commence. However, if like Workwise you fall way under the 100 staff criteria you don’t have to add another reporting function to your busy lives. Yay, small business gets a break!
But the point of this E-bulletin today is not to gloat because we’re small business, but that gender equity and pay equity IS very topical and we believe it is something that could be an agenda item for all of us in some way, shape or form.
Our Recruiter, (Karina), in her capacity is required to supply statistics to organisations whom she assists with recruitment phases and she reports that the WGEA last month launched an awareness campaign around the importance of pay equity in workplaces. “Amongst the resources readily available is the inyourhands.org.au website for employees to see whether their organisation has undertaken a gender pay gap analysis – look out for a message in your inbox from your employees who may be inviting you to make use of the online resources available! ”
There is a very impressive list of 32 Top-end-of-town supporters for the awareness campaign, including CEO’s and Managing Directors from Law Firms, Telstra, Microsoft Australia, Banks, Mining, Universities and the list goes on.
If you would like to know more about what your obligations to reporting may be, or if you require recruitment assistance or outplacement services, please contact our office.
You might like to take a look at the WGEA websites yourself, so here are the links:
If you would like more information on this topic call Karina at our offices.