A new report tells us there is a long way to go to achieve gender equality in trucking. It shows the trucking industry lags well behind most other industries in Australia in the number of women involved and in the pay levels women receive in this country.
The road transport industry has some of the lowest female representation in the workforce of any Australian sector at 16.9 per cent. This compares with 26.4 per cent for the transport sector as a whole. This is far lower than the all industry average of 46.9 per cent.
Despite higher-than-average wages for employees of either sex ($68,000 average wage for women in transport, more than construction, retail or agriculture), the industry has a large gender pay gap, one of the highest of any industry.
The Driving Change report from Teletrac Navman takes a closer look at women in transport, one of Australia’s largest industries, to see what can be done to boost gender equality in the sector’s workforce.
The Driving Change report looks deeper into gender equality in trucking and reveals a significant pay gap in the transport sector, with men paid on average 19.5 per cent more than women, making the average difference in renumeration $21,923. This represents one of the largest pay gaps in any industry. For comparison, in the mining sector the gender pay gap currently stands at 16.7 per cent.
“I believe that diversity is crucial for success in transport,” said Melissa Strong, People and Culture Manager, Lindsay Australia, and 2018 winner of the Queensland Trucking Association’s (QTA) ‘Trucking Women of the Year’ award.
“As the industry changes, we need to bring in new perspectives that will help us navigate the evolving climate more effectively. That’s why I’m so thrilled to see organisations like Teletrac Navman championing change and encouraging people to take steps towards inclusion and diversity.”