Gender-based undervaluation and the equal remuneration powers of Fair Work Australia

Healy, Joshua & Kidd, Michael P. (2013) Gender-based undervaluation and the equal remuneration powers of Fair Work Australia. The Journal of Industrial Relations, 55(5), pp. 760-782.

View at publisher


We investigate gender-based wage undervaluation in light of FairWork Australia’s major recent decision for social and community service workers. Using regression methods, we demonstrate that wages for employees in female-dominated occupations are significantly lower than for comparable employees in male-dominated and integrated occupations. This undervaluation is present for both male and female employees, and persists after controlling for industry of employment. We then estimate the undervaluation within industry and juxtapose the results with evidence on the industry distribution of award reliance, a proxy for Fair Work Australia’s equal remuneration powers. There is not a strong relationship within industries between the extent of gender-based undervaluation and award reliance. This suggests that ‘equal remuneration for work of equal or comparable value’ is unlikely to be achieved universally by Fair Work Australia without substantial spillovers between awards and non-award agreements.

Impact and interest:

1 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™
1 citations in Web of Science®

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

191 since deposited on 09 Sep 2013
45 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 62349
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Equal remuneration, Fair Work Australia, gender pay gap, occupational segregation, undervaluation
DOI: 10.1177/0022185613491683
ISSN: 0022-1856
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA)
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2013 00:12
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2014 14:19

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page