According to news services Channel 9 sports broadcaster, Erin Molan, had been receiving a pay package that was a fraction of what some of her male colleagues (who were doing much the same job) were receiving. According to reports a recent pay increase has somewhat addressed the discrepancy.
When asked to explain the pay disparity between male and female employees doing similar work one Channel 9 spokesperson responded with “people are paid whatever the market determines they are worth”.
This raises the question as to how the television networks gather this fascinating piece of market information. Perhaps with market surveys with questions like “how much money do you think Erin should be paid?” Or maybe the networks bring together interested focus groups of rugby league supporters who, while sharing a coffee around a table, are asked to discuss Erin’s salary. I seriously doubt it. Maybe there is some other complex methodology for determining the market’s view on this matter. It would be interesting to know.