Unfair pay across ages
It seems the gap of inequality in pay rates between genders extends right down to children, with recent reports Australian boys earn more weekly pocket money than girls.
The Westpac Kids and Money Report has found; on average boys earn more weekly pocket money than girls ($48.00 versus $45.00), boys are more likely to do outdoor chores (and spend less time per week doing them) compared to girls who tend to be given indoor work, and only 81 per cent of boys clean their rooms.
Tackling the disparity in pocket money may be a job for the newly-formed Pay Equity Unit, which is currently undertaking a review of Australia’s gender pay gap under The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
Mismatching rates of pocket money and gender-based assumptions of chore suitability could be early precursors to further inequity between sexes in the workplace. The WGEA offer free resources to help employers identify pay gaps.