The pay gap between men and women in the fields of architecture and building are large, and it starts as soon as they hit the workforce. While the gap has been getting bigger, some are finding a glimmer of hope for pay equality.
By Charlotte Cameron
Alarming new data has revealed that recent architecture and building graduates are faced with the worst gender pay discrepancy of any industry in Australia. This gap has widened since 2010.
The from Graduate Careers Australia, shows that a starting salary for a male in the industry is on average , 000 while the female starting salary sits at , 000.
This wage gap not only encompasses architecture, but many fields within the discipline. It includes environmental and industrial design, planning, quantity surveying and landscape architecture.
RMIT architecture student Amber Bell said she unaware of the figures and described the discrepancy as “preposterous”.
“It’s been proven that women are more efficient in organisational jobs and multitasking than men, so we should probably be paid higher, ” she said.
The dramatic increase has not only been seen in the architecture and building industries, but other fields such as dentistry. In 2011 the wage gap sat at 6.3 per cent, and by 2012 had increased to 15.6 per cent.
The Workplace Gender Authority Agency reported that there is an overall pay gap of 17.5 per cent across all industries. According to a survey conducted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), 93.2 per cent of respondents in the businesses sector believe there are barriers to women’s equality in the workplace.
“In the last two years especially, it’s become widely recognized that women are underrepresented in the industry, ” she said.
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