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Women tend to apply for lower-paying jobs than men: SEEK report



Featured | Workplace

By Loren Webb

In the latest, SEEK has released its bi-annual data on Aussie salaries. 

As well as showing the gender differences, the report showed insights on job salaries advertised and is broken down by nation generally and state, which is detailed here.

The report found that overall 57% of candidates are satisfied with their pay. However, when breaking this stat further down, SEEK found that more women are dissatisfied with their pay than men (26% versus 21%).

SEEK data showcases that women tend to apply for lower-paying jobs than men. Jobs that attracted more male applications averaged an advertised salary of $85,712, whereas those that attracted more female applications averaged $82,687 (approximately 3.6% difference across Australia).

The industries with the biggest discrepancies between men and women are:

  • Trades & Services: 9.4%
  • Legal: 5.9%
  • Engineering: 5.3%
  • Construction: 4.9%
  • Mining, Resources & Energy: 3.5%

Despite business’ efforts to create equality in the workplace, a gender imbalance still exists across Australia’s employment landscape, with a 14.1% gender pay gap.[1]

The biggest discrepancy in salary was seen in ACT, where on average, men applied for roles that were nearly $6,000 more than roles women applied for. This gap was followed by South Australia (3.4%), Tasmania (3%), Victoria (2%) and Queensland (3%) display the smallest difference in salary.

Kendra Banks, Managing Director for SEEK ANZ comments: “One of the reasons we feel that this gap exists in roles applied for on SEEK is that women tend to deter from roles which detail a long skill set requirement. We encourage hirers and recruiters to make their job ads as concise as possible, with the right information. All of our advice and tips are on our site, helping hirers and recruiters find the best talent.

“Unsurprisingly, salary is a taboo subject for many and discussed infrequently in the workplace. In a recent SEEK report, 26% of women were dissatisfied with their current salary and only one in four had 2 ever negotiated or asked for a pay rise. I would definitely encourage candidates to take the reins and approach these challenging conversations with greater confidence.”


1 Australia’s Gender Pay Gap Statistics