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Report Finds Wage Gap for Gay Australians


Monday, 13th April 2015 at 11:13 am
Xavier Smerdon, Journalist
Gay men in Australia earn around 20 per cent less than their heterosexual counterparts while lesbians make at least 33 per cent more than heterosexual women, a new report produced jointly by the University of Melbourne and San Diego State University has found.

Monday, 13th April 2015
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Report Finds Wage Gap for Gay Australians
Monday, 13th April 2015 at 11:13 am

Gay men in Australia earn around 20 per cent less than their heterosexual counterparts while lesbians make at least 33 per cent more than heterosexual women, a new report produced jointly by the University of Melbourne and San Diego State University has found.

The report by Professor Mark Wooden from Melbourne and Professor Joseph Sabia from San Diego found that discrimination by employers contributed to the earning discrepancies.

“Employer discrimination is likely a major part of the explanation for these wage gaps, especially in the case of gay men. But this research has found other factors that also contribute to this situation,” Professor Wooden said.

The findings are set out in a working paper, Sexual Identity, Earnings, and Labour Market Dynamics: New Evidence from Longitudinal Data in Australia.

The study also found that lesbians work about 20 per cent more hours than heterosexual women.

“Lesbian women earn more than their heterosexual counterparts not because they are paid better, but because they work so much more,” Professor Wooden said.

“One explanation for the increased earnings and longer work hours of lesbians might be that this group are less likely to have children than heterosexual women.”

According to the HILDA Survey, in 2012 only 22 per cent of lesbian women aged 30 to 49 had children compared to 59 per cent of heterosexual women.

The report found that lesbians who had a partner had a higher wage than those without partners. Of those surveyed, 53 per cent of lesbians have partners and 47 per cent of gay men have partners.

Professor Wooden said part of the reason for why the pay of gay men is lower than that of heterosexual men is that their earnings do not grow at the same rate.

“We found that the wages of gay men are growing at a much slower rate than the wages of heterosexual males,” he said.

Professor Wooden said the study also reported even larger pay gaps for men who live with a partner and that gay men are 16 per cent less likely to be employed and are substantially more likely to have several periods of joblessness than heterosexual men.

“Gay males who are most likely to be observably gay by employers—those who live with a same-sex partner—face larger earnings penalties than those who are discreet about their sexuality,” he said.

The research is based on the 2012 data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, which included responses from more than 10,000 people.


Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist  |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.


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