He said although pay rises in the mining sector have been slowing in the past year, it is still the best-paid industry. "Now that the mining sector seems to be coming off it's more of a combination of mining and construction that are the best paid, the more male-dominated industries," he said. "To some degree banking and finance as well - professional services.
Meanwhile there is very sluggish pay growth in industries which are traditionally dominated by women, such as accommodation, food services, and retail. "The mining wage is about two and a half times what you'd get in the retail sector," Mr Sebastian said.
The pay gap between men and women has blown out to be the worst in 20 years, largely because of the hefty salaries paid in the mining and construction industries.
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