Philip Morris helps close gender pay gap

Philip Morris Australia has become the first organisation in the country to achieve Equal Salary certification, which recognises organisations that pay men and women equally.

Independent analysis from the Switzerland-based Equal Salary Foundation revealed only a 0.9 per cent difference between what female Philip Morris Australia employees are paid compared to males.

Australian government statistics show that there is an average 14.1 per cent pay gap between full-time male and female workers around the country.

Equal pay for equal work

Philip Morris Australia Managing Director Tammy Chan said it was important for people to be paid equally for equal work, regardless of gender.

“The pay gap is just one aspect of gender equality, and at Philip Morris International (PMI) we’re also determined to close the gender gap in management,” Ms Chan said.

“This certification is public recognition for something we’ve been proud of for many years – equal pay for equal work.

This acknowledgement comes just months after Philip Morris Australia was also awarded the federal government’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation for a fourth successive year.

Global recognition

In March 2019, PMI became the first multinational to receive the global Equal Salary certification, placing the organisation in illustrious company with companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers Switzerland and the World Economic Forum.

The Equal Salary certification means the 77,000 Philip Morris employees across 90 countries are paid equally for equal work, irrespective of their gender.

The goal is to have 40 per cent of Philip Morris management roles filled by women by 2022. Right now, that figure is 35 per cent – up from 29 per cent in 2014. On current progress, we are on track to meet this goal.

In Australia, 44 per cent of Philip Morris’ workforce is female including a female Managing Director, female Senior Legal Counsel and female Director of People and Culture.

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