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.
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.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Equal remuneration, Fair Work Australia, gender pay gap, occupational segregation, undervaluation|
|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|
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