Women ask for payrises, but don't get them - study


There may be a misconception as to why women are not getting pay rises, according to a new study.

Research by Warwick Economics aimed to understand the reasons behind why women typically earn less than men. 

It states the theory that women's wages don't increase because they don't ask, is a lie.

The authors analysed around 4600 workers across 840 different workplaces in Australia between 2013/14.

The study claims to be the first to remove variables such as hours worked to compare full-time males against full-time females and part-time males against their female counterparts.

It turns out women are as likely as men to ask for a pay rise, however are less likely to get one.

"The analysis finds no statistical difference between men and women in the probability of having asked," the study reads.

However, of all of the men and women who asked for pay rises, men were 25 percent more likely to be successful.

The study did not look into exactly how many times each person had a pay negotiation conversation with their boss.

"It might be that men ask for raises earlier and more frequently than women and that this is why men are more successful than women at eventually securing a raise."

The study found there was no evidence to suggest women were not asking for a pay rise because they were more concerned about the quality of their relationships at work than men.

It also found than both men and women who work shorter hours are less likely to ask for a pay rise than those who work full time.


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