(Australian Associated Press)
Australia Post has stamped out its gender pay gap, bringing the company’s average pay difference between men and women to zero per cent, thanks partly to policies that address “unconscious bias”.
The reduction is an improvement on the company’s 1.4 per cent enterprise wide difference recorded in 2016 and is far below the national average of 16 per cent.
Australia Post acting chief executive Christine Corbett said she was extremely pleased with the result given Australia Post is one of the largest employers in the country.
“Over the last seven and a half years we have focused on improving the representation of women across all levels of leadership and addressing unconscious bias,” Ms Corbett said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Since then, we have seen a concerted effort across the board to recognise and champion our female workers.”
In the past year, over 400 women have participated in Australia Post’s career development programs, which Ms Corbett described as being “instrumental” in identifying and nurturing talent.
Australia Post said the zero pay gap was achieved through a number of initiatives including training for recruitment consultants, truck and van driver campaigns aimed at attracting more women applicants and the use of software to remove name, age and gender on job applications.
Women now account for 37.5 per cent of all management staff at Australia Post, up from 36.4 per cent, while the number of female board members has jumped to 44.4 per cent from 33.3 per cent in 2016.
The announcement comes only weeks before former Blackmores chief executive Christine Holgate is due to take the reins and lead Australia Post on less than half the pay of her predecessor Ahmed Fahour.
Ms Holgate will join the board at the end of the month and will receive an annual salary of $1.375 million, more than $4 million less than the $5.6 million Mr Fahour took home in 2016/17.
Her appointment will bring the number of female directors to five out of nine, including deputy chair Holly Kramer.
WOMEN AT AUSTRALIA POST ACCOUNT FOR:
* 44.4pct of all board members, up from 33.3pct in 2016
* 37.5pct of all management staff, up from 36.4pct
* 17.7pct of all delivery managers, up from 14.4pct
* 53.6pct of all postal managers, up from 51pct
* 37.7pct of executives, up from 35.4pct