Gender based pay gap is a ‘myth’

Henry Scholtes, Maffra


THE notion put forward by some that there is a pay differential based on gender is a furphy and absolute nonsense.

The single variable analysis of pay earnings is silly, and has no statistical or scientific merit.

On a single variable analysis we can identify pay gaps between country and city, abled and disabled, indigenous and non-indigenous, and so on.

This sort of analysis fails to consider a plethora of other factors and, is of itself, divisive.

And while there may be individual cases of pay discrimination in our workforce, we have federal and state laws regarding discrimination and a raft of statutory bodies to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity (as well as huge union organisations and large law firms happy to ‘fight for fair’).

Discrimination against a large section of our workforce simply doesn’t exist.

Some will argue that there are structural considerations working against women.

Then let’s look at gender pay across all employment spheres, taking into account all impacting variables.

The result will soundly show that there is no pay gap based solely on gender.

In fact, recent figures in Britain show that women as a group earn more than men up to the age of 30 to 31.

The gender pay gap war cry is a hollow cudgel waved by a minority of hollow feminists.

Unfortunately, it gets carriage from some political leaders who, in the true spirit of ad captandum vulgus, promote this myth.