Another side to this I see at my work is that it's the men and women without children who (generally - there are exceptions) stay back late and come in on the weekends when it's really busy and also who are willing to travel interstate and overseas. Hence they end up moving through the ranks quicker and get bigger bonuses. It's a tough one. As a manager I have had to put people forward for promotion and it's rarely been mothers - it's been those who volunteer to do extra work. And as they do extra work, travel, etc, they end up with more experience and the cycle continues.
I think the key to closing the pay gap lies with men taking on more of the child rearing responsibilities. If, of course, that's what a couple decide is right in their relationship.
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28-10-2015 14:04 #31
Equal pay day is today!
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28-10-2015 14:24 #32
Also if you have kids later on your life, you'll have had the time to put on the hours that help you raise through the ranks.
The opposite is true, have kids early and then put on the hours later in your life once your kids are less dependant on you.
As a side note, I believe it's still possible to put the hours in even with young kids. I sometimes work at night once kids are tucked in bed. While my younger counterparts are busy partying the night away 😋
28-10-2015 14:31 #33
In my work, you actually qualify for higher pay scale if you have stayed at home rearing children.
28-10-2015 17:03 #34
It's possible, but it is dam near breaking me.
Pre kids, working 50-55 hours was pretty normal and not too stressful. I had a grad job (different industry) working 70-80 hours a week and that burnt me out. But I could easily maintain a work life balance staying back a few nights and taking a bit of paperwork home.
It is so much freaking harder now. DS still wakes at least once overnight, DD wishes I could come during reading time as she has no adult to read to most days and poor DH is so far down the list if my priorities. Don't even start me on my highly neglected social life!
Yes, its possible, but my contract ends this year and DH and I financially only need to work 8 days a week between us now we have bought our house, so there is no way in hell we are both going to be full time next year. It's just so hard.
PS. After all the extra I do, it still isn't enough. I was recently passed up for a new contract despite feedback about the high quality of my teaching practise. The people who got the jobs put in even more than me... It's ridiculous!
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28-10-2015 20:16 #35
That's why I'm really keen on getting into that Nanny pilot scheme for next year when I go back to work. Dh is completely unreliable due to his work. A nanny would allow me to work evenings, night shifts, weekends or even finish after 6pm.
29-10-2015 04:23 #36
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30-10-2015 08:17 #38
I'm thankful I'm an award employee and my exact wage is printed in the EBA, doesn't matter if you're male or female, everyone my level earns exactly the same.
30-10-2015 08:59 #39
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