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Holding Redlich welcomes latest gender equity data announcement from Australian Government

19 November 19 - Media Release

National law firm Holding Redlich has welcomed today’s ‘gender equality scorecard’ announcement from the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

The latest annual statistics, collated from firms across Australia, show that the overall gender pay gap is now 20.8 per cent, down 0.5 per cent from the previous year.

National Managing Partner Ian Robertson said that Holding Redlich’s gender pay gap of 1.23 per cent compares very favourably to the figure released by the WGEA.

“Our firm’s gender pay gap currently stands at 1.23 percent - well below the 20.8 per cent pay gap reported by the WGEA today - and a significant drop from 14.98 per cent in 2014,” he said.

Ian said that closing the pay gap is a strategy that is actively managed across the firm.

“We have taken action to proactively close the pay gap – and we are very pleased with the results.

“We are committed to ensuring that our gender pay gap remains well below benchmark thresholds for the legal industry.”

Ian said an ongoing, active remuneration review process is conducted at the firm.

“This includes an annual gender pay equity audit which allows us to identify and eliminate any potential gender bias in our annual salary review process.”

Other key reasons contributing towards the firm’s low gender pay gap include:

  • actively seeking to hire women into positions. Between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 we hired three women for every one man into legal roles (104 women/ 34 men)
  • actively promoting women. Between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 we promoted women at nearly twice the rate of men (22 women/ 12 men)
  • placing an emphasis on maintaining a culture where our people can have a fulfilling work and personal life through our strong commitment to flexibility.

Earlier this year Holding Redlich was announced as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the 11th year that the firm has received the citation.

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