AustraliaThe 5 key issues facing women working in the G20

Key Findings

Stated equal pay was the key issue for women
Would report harassment
Said men have better career growth opportunities

Country Summary

Australian women ranked highest of all G20 countries when our poll asked if women had faced harassment at work. Four in every 10 Australian women said they had been harassed. Australia was in the top five countries when women were asked if they would report harassment with 23 percent saying they would always or mostly speak out.
 
When our poll asked women in Australia to name their biggest concern in the workplace it found that equal pay to men was the top worry, at  53 percent, even though Australia tops the G20 countries in a World Economic Forum ranking of female to male estimated earned income. This was  followed by work-life balance at 46 percent and flexible working hours at 40 percent.  Just under half of Australian women said men had better career opportunities.

Polling Results

How australia scored from 1 to 19 for each question. (1 is the most positive).

  • 03

    Men have better access to jobs than me?

    (68.8%)
  • 16

    I have access to the same types of business networks as men?

    (29%)
  • 20

    Men have better access to professional development and career growth opportunities than me?

    (43.8%)
  • 14

    It’s as easy for me to start a business as it is for a man?

    (31%)
  • 19

    I am confident that I earn at least the same salary as a man doing the same?

    (62.5%)
  • 15

    I can have a family without it damaging my career?

    (33%)

Findings by Country

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Questions We Asked

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Men have better access to jobs than me?

Almost half of the women questioned, or 48 percent, said men had better access to jobs than they did while only 21 percent did not think this was the case. The poll found that women in Saudi Arabia in particular were concerned about equal access to jobs with 61 percent agreeing or strongly agreeing that men had an advantage.

I have access to the same types of business networks as men?

The poll found that 39 percent of women overall thought they had access to the same types of business networks as men while 24 percent disagreed. Women in Indonesia, Mexico and India were most confident of having the same access to business networks as men while the least confident women were in Japan, South Korea and Italy.

Men have better access to professional development and career growth opportunities than me?

Almost half of the women questioned, or 47 percent, said men did fare better when it came to professional development and career opportunities while 22 percent disagreed. Women in Italy, France and Indonesia were particularly concerned about the lack of level playing field when it came to career opportunities.

It’s as easy for me to start a business as it is for a man?

Over a third of women, or 38 percent, agreed or strongly agreed that it was as easy for them to set up a business as it was for a man while 26 percent did not think this was the case. Women in Mexico , Indonesia, Russia and Turkey were the most confident on this question with more than half of the women polled in those countries agreeing that they had the same opportunities to set up a business as a man.

I am confident that I earn at least the same salary as a man doing the same?

Only four in every 10 women polled, 40 percent, were confident that they were earning the same salary as a man doing the same job. Women in Japan, Germany and France were the least confident that they were paid equally to men. Women in India and Saudi Arabia were most confident about earning the same as their male peers even though World Economic Forum data showed these 2 countries came last in the G20 on a female to male ratio on earned income.

I can have a family without it damaging my career?

Nearly half of the women polled, or 47 percent, said they could have children without damaging their career while 23 percent disagreed. The women most confident about having a family alongside a career were in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa while those who were least confident were in Japan, Germany and Britain.

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