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Survey finds girls receive 11% less pocket money than boys

The gender pay gap is in the spotlight ahead of International Women’s Day on Tuesday.

Women continue to earn 17.2% less than men in comparable jobs.

One of the reasons often touted for this is that women leave the workforce when they have children.

But CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Kate Carnell told Tom Elliott that should only apply to women in the first few years after returning to their job.

‘Once you’ve been back in the workforce for ten years or so, you’d hope that that gap had narrowed,’ Ms Carnell said.

‘Often it hasn’t. There still is a problem at the top of businesses and society generally.’

Ms Carnell said she doesn’t support quotas in employment, but would like to see equal numbers of men and women on shortlists for open positions.

‘Just having men and women on shortlists dramatically increases the number of women who actually get the job.’

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And the problem permeates all the way down to kids.

A survey has found girls are receiving 11% less pocket money than boys.

ACTU President Ged Kearney told Neil Mitchell it sounds extraordinary, but it’s true.

‘We’re trying to show that this starts at a very early age, and that it’s actually ingrained in our society,’ Ms Kearney said.

‘Over a lifetime, women can earn up to $1.5m less than men with the same qualifications.’

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ANZ has released a social media video condemning the pay gap ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow.

But Ms Kearney said the finance sector is one of the worst offenders, where a man can earn up to 40% more than a woman in the same job. 

Indeed, Neil thinks it’s a bit rich for banks to be lecturing us on fairness.

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