VMware Australia Receives Employer of Choice for Gender Equality from WGEA for the Fourth Year Running
It is my pleasure to announce that VMWare Australia has, for the fourth time in a row, been cited by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. This is a significant achievement for the VMware Australia team and one that I am personally very proud of.
The WGEA 2017 Gender Equality Scorecard, which was released in December 2017 showed there was an average take home pay gap of 22.4% or $26,000 between men and women. I am proud to say that our [relentless or ongoing] focus on equitable pay at VMware Australia has narrowed our gap to zero.
How did we do this?
At VMware, we continually analyse compensation globally, accounting for multiple factors that influence pay, including tenure, geographic location and performance, and make adjustments where needed. We truly believe that harnessing the power of human difference means equal pay for equal work.
This means that at VMware Australia women earn the same as men 100% of the time after accounting for those factors. We have reported that to WGEA, the Australian Government agency tasked with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
To ensure we foster the power of our employees, we also have an active D&I Council with more than 50 employee representatives, focusing on four main pillars; gender representation, generational diversity, inclusion, as well as community work through our VMware Foundation. This council has continued to push our company in the right direction locally and continues to challenge the status quo.
Through regular data reviews and improvement goals, we are driving ourselves to do better. As a global company, we also do much more to drive D&I, including:
- Local leadership development and peer mentoring groups for men and women employees based on courseware provided by Stanford University’s Clayman Institute of Gender Research
- Programs and partnerships for various groups such as Women Who Code, Women Transforming Technology and Seeds of Change
- PODs (Power of Difference Communities that are funded by the company) that enable employee engagement in support of inclusion and diversity
- Unconscious Bias training for all of our managers and a commitment to action through gender neutral job descriptions and diverse candidate slates / interview panels
Diversity & Inclusion is something I’m extremely passionate about and I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved at VMware Australia.
While we have made great strides, we continue to support industry and community through our D&I commitments to ensure we can help in our own way to make Australia better.
Everyone deserves a ‘fair go’ and we’re all in on that.