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PM’s Department Tries To Work Out Why There’s Gender Imbalance

The ABC has obtained internal analysis of PM&C to find why males are getting the top jobs

The gender pay gap

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Australia’s federal government department, Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), reportedly can’t work out why men are dominating top executive roles.

However, the ABC managed to obtain internal analysis, which found that women were outperforming men in some parts of the organisation. So the idea that men were receiving promotions because of better performance ratings was unfounded.

Only two of the top nine executives are women, and in speaking with the ABC, a spokeswoman for the department said “PM&C is committed to embedding gender equality – this [the paper] is part of our mission to create a more equal, diverse and inclusive workplace.”

The paper also found the pay gap at the department “reflects the fact that women are, on average, employed at lower pay classifications than men.”

The study found that a potential reason for the executive gender imbalance could be due to part-time workers receiving lower performance ratings than full-time workers. And since 17-percent of women work part-time at PM &C, compared to 5 percent of men, this could explain some of the imbalance.

According to the ABC, the study found some other potential factors for a lack of women in senior roles, such as the likelihood more women are in administrative roles, or the possibility men have more extensive qualifications, or time in the workforce due to carer responsibilities.

A spokesperson for the Australian Public Service Commission, said it’s “the responsibility of leaders, managers and supervisors to be vigilant in making sure employees who work full and part time have opportunities for development and career progression.”

While there’s been a slight increase in women in senior executive roles across the federal public service, from 36 per cent to 44 per cent in the past decade, a lot more still needs to be done to get closer to a 50-50 gender balance.