Leading beer manufacturer, Lion, has said it is welcoming the publication of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WGEA) gender pay gap analysis, which will include data from every Australian business with over 100 employees.

Lion says the WGEA analysis highlights the company’s commitment to closing the gender pay gap, with Lion maintaining a less than one per cent difference in pay competitiveness for ‘like for like’ roles over the last six years.

Lion’s organisation-wide gender pay gap stands at 1.4 per cent, with a median total remuneration gender pay gap of 8.4 per cent for its Australian-based team members, as per the WGEA methodology. This is significantly lower than the national gender pay gap of 21.7 per cent (2023 WGEA Employer Census).

Lion’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader Sarah Abbott, welcomed the publishing of the data, saying: “At Lion we firmly believe in doing the right thing for the long term.

“Our impressive track record in closing the gender pay gap has been achieved through a range of robust company wide initiatives supporting gender representation at all levels, including Women in Leadership Targets across all Business Units.”

Lion has worked on its equality pay for a number of years, having initiated a comprehensive pay gap analysis, which saw immediate action to rectify discrepancies in ‘like for like’ roles. As a result of this analysis, Lion delivered a $5.5m pay rise to more than 1600 team members.

In addition Lion banned questions to job candidates about their salary history in an effort to tackle the gender pay gap in 2019 and further to this, Lion also removed primary and secondary carer labels from parental leave provisions. This move provided an equal platform for both parents to participate in the first year of their child’s life, and superannuation is paid on a portion of the unpaid component of parental leave, further promoting gender-neutral family support.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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