Workers’ Pay

Feb 6, 2012
Essential Vision

Q. Overall, do you think most Australian employers pay their workers what they are worth or do they pay them more or less than they are worth?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Full time workers Part time workers
Pay workers what they are worth 37% 41% 42% 23% 41% 33%
Pay workers more than they are worth 12% 6% 19% 6% 15% 8%
Pay workers less than they are worth 37% 38% 31% 56% 35% 45%
Don’t know 14% 15% 9% 15% 8% 14%

37% of respondents think that, overall, most Australian employers pay their workers what they are worth – 37% think they pay them less than they are worth and 12% say they pay more than they are worth.

Part-time workers (45%) and women (42%) are more likely to think workers are paid less than they are worth.