Thinking of a career change in 2017?

Get some inspiration from the recently released list of the 106 best employers for both women and men in Australia

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has released its annual list of Employers of Choice for Gender Equality.

This year the list features 106 companies, up from 90 last year and 76 in 2014, despite more rigorous criteria. WGEA Director Libby Lyons said the growing list indicated that the business benefits and competitive advantage gained by addressing gender equality in the workplace were becoming more widely recognised.

“Employers increasingly recognise that equal participation by women and men at all levels of an organisation is good for workplace culture and performance,” Lyons said.

 “WGEA data shows there is progress towards gender equality in Australian workplaces, but it is too slow. It is only through more employers taking the initiative to promote gender equality in the workplace that we will see the pace of change pick up.”

The organisations that made the cut range from small professional services firms to very large organizations, including universities and banks, with male-dominated, female-dominated and mixed industries represented.

Trends among this year’s recipients which span industries from transport, engineering, manufacturing, insurance and law, include:

  • flexibility for all employees across an organisation;
  • programs to support women into leadership and technical positions;
  • tailored parental leave and return-to-work policies;
  • supporting men’s caring responsibilities; and
  • robust analysis and correction of gender pay gaps.

View the complete list of top 106 companies here.

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