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dc.contributor.authorVecchio, Nerina
dc.contributor.authorScuffham, Paul A
dc.contributor.authorHilton, Michael F
dc.contributor.authorWhiteford, Harvey A
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-09T22:45:00Z
dc.date.available2017-08-09T22:45:00Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.modified2013-12-03T00:11:47Z
dc.identifier.issn1478-4491
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1478-4491-11-9
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/54747
dc.description.abstractBackground: In Australia a persistent and sizable gender wage gap exists. In recent years this gap has been steadily widening. The negative impact of gender wage differentials is the disincentive to work more hours. This implies a substantial cost on the Australian health sector. This study aimed to identify the magnitude of gender wage differentials within the health sector. The investigation accounts for unpaid overtime. Given the limited availability of information, little empirical evidence exists that accounts for unpaid overtime. Methods: Information was collected from a sample of 10,066 Australian full-time employees within the health sector. Initially, ordinary least-squares regression was used to identify the gender wage gap when unpaid overtime was included and then excluded from the model. The sample was also stratified by gender and then by occupation to allow for comparisons. Later the Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition method was employed to identify and quantify the contribution of individual endowments to wage differentials between males and females. Results: The analyses of data revealed a gender wage gap that varied across occupations. The inclusion of unpaid overtime in the analysis led to a slight reduction in the wage differential. The results showed an adjusted wage gap of 16.7%. Conclusions: Unpaid overtime made a significant but small contribution to wage differentials. Being female remained the major contributing factor to the wage gap. Given that wage differentials provide a disincentive to work more hours, serious attempts to deal with the skilled labour shortage in the health sector need to address the gender wage gap.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherBioMed Central
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto11
dc.relation.ispartofissue9
dc.relation.ispartofjournalHuman Resources for Health
dc.relation.ispartofvolume11
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4205
dc.titleDifferences in wage rates for males and females in the health sector: a consideration of unpaid overtime to decompose the gender wage gap
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
gro.description.notepublicPage numbers are not for citation purposes. Instead, this article has the unique article number of 9.
gro.rights.copyright© 2013 Vecchio et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
gro.date.issued2013
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gro.griffith.authorVecchio, Nerina
gro.griffith.authorScuffham, Paul A.


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