Australian employers of choice for gender equality: Consulting Firms

21 March 2022 2 min. read

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has unveiled Australia’s top companies for gender equality, with over 20 consulting firms featured on the list.

The annual list of gender equality leaders is based on an evidence-based assessment of companies by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, aligned with objectives under Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Act of 2012. 

For employers to qualify as leaders in gender equality, they need to demonstrate excellence in metrics such as leadership, learning & development, remuneration, and family-friendly and flexible working arrangements. 

Australian employers of choice for gender equality: Consulting Firms

The WGEA assessment also takes into account measures to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination, and examines organisational goals when it comes to improving pay parity. 

The 2022 verdict

A total of 120 companies have been named to the 2022 list of Australia’s Employers of Choice for Gender Equality – together, these organisations employ approximately 320,000 people. 

“These organisations are driving and embedding gender equality in their workplaces and business practices. Not only do they have a demonstrated commitment to advancing change in their organisation, but as leaders they are also driving gender equality in their wider industries,” said Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Mary Wooldridge. 

“Critically, these organisations are delivering on a formula that sees better support structures in place for working families; stronger actions to address pay inequalities; and strategic recruitment and promotion practices that help to encourage the full participation of women at work.” 

Among the 120 companies entitled to carry the ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’ title are over twenty consulting firms, including Big Four firms Deloitte, KPMG and PwC (EY notably is not part of the list), strategic giants McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group and Bain, as well as Accenture, Kearney and Mercer. 

Meanwhile, close to a dozen engineering-origin consultancies feature on the list, including Arup, Aurecon, Jacobs (the parent of PA Consulting), Laing O'Rourke and Norman Disney & Young.

The full list of consulting firms named an ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’:

  • Accenture
  • Avanade
  • Thoughtworks
  • Bain & Company
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Deloitte
  • Kearney
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Mercer
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Arcadis
  • Arup
  • Aurecon
  • GHD
  • Hatch
  • Jacobs
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Norman Disney & Young
  • Pitt&Sherry
  • SMEC