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Why pay equity is important to Swaab
We are pleased to announce that Mary Digiglio has been appointed a Pay Equity Ambassador by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
The full-time total remuneration gender pay gap is 22.4% and only around 4 in 10 employers have conducted a gender pay gap analysis.
At Swaab, we have always been committed to gender equality. Our founder, Fred Swaab, encouraged parents to return to work and we have always had females in senior leadership roles.
Currently, females account for 43% of our Partners, 66% of our Management Team, 51% of our lawyers and 83% percent of our support staff.
Equality, inclusivity and diversity are an important part of our culture. It is with much pride that I celebrate the fact that our gender equity has never been a result of set targets, it is just the way we do things at Swaab.
Every year at Swaab we benchmark all of our roles against yearly industry salary statistics to make sure our employees are paid fairly for the work they do. Our People & Culture team conduct annual salary reviews and we are committed to correcting any imbalances. Starting salaries are the same for roles with similar skills and experience.
We have embraced part-time and flexible working arrangements across all levels of the firm, including Partners. Workplace flexibility has been adopted to accommodate care responsibilities to ensure time out of the workplace does not impact career progression.
We have formally adopted the Diversity and Equality Charter by the Law Council of Australia.
Promoting the value women can offer to our entrepreneurial ecosystem is a passion for our firm. We regularly host Awesome Women’s Dinners for women who are driving change across the innovation, government, SME, not-for-profit and technology sectors.
I strongly encourage other leaders to make this pledge to close the gender pay gap. I look forward to working with WGEA to promote and improve gender equality.