Does job flexibility impact gender gaps in employment and wages?

Melbourne Institute Research Insight No. 02/21

Date: March 2021


Jordy Meekes


Gender differences in employment and wages remain an ongoing issue in Australia, with women on average facing higher unemployment and earning lower wages when compared to men. This can lead to women missing out on opportunities to accumulate skills and experiences, and ultimately result in lower life time earnings, higher poverty, and lower superannuation. This Research Insight focuses on whether job flexibility outcomes - a key difference between women and men - could be responsible for why the gap isn't narrowing.

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