Men earn over $326 more per week than women in ICT and media

ABS report shows discrepancies between the sexes and industries for weekly pay

Males working full time in the information, media and telecommunications industries earn more than $326 per week on average than their female counterparts according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In its Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Aug 2009 report the ABS said across all industries the full time adult total earnings for men rose by 5.2 per cent and 4.2 per cent for females in the 12 months to August 2009.

However, in the information, media and telecommunications industries category males received a 5.0 per cent increase over the corresponding quarter of the previous year while females got a lousy 0.6 per cent. The combined average increase was 3.3 per cent.

In the same category, the average full time adult total earnings for males during the August quarter was $1568.20 and for women it was $1246.10. The combined average was $1432.90.

On average workers in across both public and private sectors and all industries received full-time adult total earnings of $1248.80 (males received $1351.20 and females $1077), indicating the ICT and media sector is batting well above average.

In the private sector alone for all industries the full-time adult total earnings figure hit $1228.30 (males got $1335.40, females got $1017.40) and in the public sector it is $1320.10 (males got $1422.10, females got $1216.10).

The ABS results also show that males in the information, media and telecommunications industries category are in the top five best paid.

At the top of the list is the mining industry category with males earning $2009.60 followed by: Financial and insurance services; professional, scientific and technical services; health care and social assistance; and then the information, media and telecommunications industries category.

Despite being paid far worse than their male colleagues, females in the information, media and telecommunications industries category are the second best paid females in Australia behind those in the mining category ($1538.40).

The full results can be found on the ABS website.

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