Abergeldie releases 2022-2023 Gender Pay Gap Employer Statement


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In line with the amendments to the Workplace Gender Equality Act, Abergeldie has released its 2022-2023 Gender Pay Gap Employer Statement.

Abergeldie is working towards creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where people, irrespective of gender, can thrive and contribute their best. Abergeldie recognise a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business, a more equal society and helps to build better communities.

In line with the recent amendments to the Workplace Gender Equality Act, Abergeldie have diligently prepared and submitted the annual gender pay gap report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Starting late February 2024, under the new provisions, organisations with over 100 employees, like Abergeldie, will see their Gender Pay Gap (GPG) data publicly available on the WGEA portal. This move is anticipated to enhance transparency and propel companies towards adopting practices that ensure gender equality.

Understanding the Gender Pay Gap

The Gender Pay Gap is the difference between the average earnings for men and women, expressed as a percentage of the average earnings of men.  It is imperative to distinguish this from the concept of equal pay, which ensures that women and men receive the same pay for the same or comparable work.

At Abergeldie, equal pay is a foundational principle guiding our salary reviews, enterprise agreements, recruitment, and promotion strategies, ensuring fair treatment and recognition across all genders. It’s how we ensure the workplace reflects our family approach, where everyone is valued and rewarded equally for their hard work and talent, no matter their gender.

Gender Pay Gap analysis

For the 2022-2023 reporting period, Abergeldie reported an Average Total Renumeration Gender Pay Gap of 14.8%, marking a significant improvement from the previous year and positioning us 6.9 percentage points below the national average. Our workforce comprises 16% women, a figure we are actively working to increase.

The detailed analysis is as follows:

  • Average Total Remuneration Gap: Reduced from 20.9% in 2021-2022 to 14.8% in 2022-2023.
  • Median Total Remuneration Gap: Improved from 35.0% in 2021-2022 to 23.0% in 2022-2023.
  • Average Base Salary Gap: Improved from 18.1% in 2021-2022 to 12.8% in 2022-2023.
  • Median Base Salary Gap: Improved from 28.0% in 2021-2022 to 20.2% in 2022-2023.

Comparative analysis and industry benchmarking

Abergeldie has shown significant progress. The GPG is notably lower than the average in the Construction sectors for organisations of similar size. This achievement underscores the commitment to advancing gender equality within our company and the broader industry.

The table below shows:

  • Our GPG percentage for the 2022-2023 reporting period; and
  • The GPG percentage for the Construction Industry Comparison Group for the 2022-2023 reporting period.

Initiatives and workforce composition

Workforce composition remains a challenge in our industry that we are not immune to. Construction continues to be one of the most male-dominated industries in Australia, with only 12% representation of women across the sector and only 2% in trade roles.1

Whilst the workforce composition has improved increasing to 20% representation of women, Abergeldie continue to work hard to attract more women to our company and the industry by supporting Women in Construction initiatives such as the Civil Contractors Federation NSW’s (CCF NSW) Women in Construction Program, the CCF NSW’s vision to achieve equal gender participation in civil by 2050: 50% by 2050, Sista’s in Trade, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the Civil Contractors Federation VIC.

Our other inhouse initiatives to promote gender equality include 50% gender equality in the trainee engineer cohorts, the introduction of the Abergeldie Parental Leave Benefit, the Abergeldie Leadership for Supervisors program and the implementation of the Abergeldie Career Framework which provides clarity and transparency around role requirements and career progression, through competencies, pathways and success profiles.

1 NSW Government, Women in Construction

Strategic Actions for further improvement

To continue the progress, Abergeldie plan to undertake the following actions:

  • Gender Pay Gap Analysis: Conduct a Gender Pay Gap Analysis, comparing common drivers of Gender Pay Gaps, identifying and addressing underlying causes of our GPG.
  • Launch Abergeldie’s Gender Equality Action plan: Outlining clear, actionable steps to reduce our GPG and enhance equality across the business.

At Abergeldie, we are committed to a journey of reducing the Gender Pay Gap and fostering an inclusive environment where our people are valued equally. Our dedication extends beyond meeting legislative requirements; we are actively working to enhance gender equality within our industry and to encourage greater participation of women in construction.

Click here to view Abergeldie’s 2022-2023 Gender Pay Gap Employer Statement.

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