Region

Men have median hourly earnings of $28.10, and women have median hourly earnings of $24.23. The gender pay gap within this region is 13.8 percent.

Auckland Bay of Plenty Canterbury Gisborne Hawke's Bay Marlborough Nelson / Tasman West Coast Manawatū-Whanganui Northland Otago Southland Taranaki Waikato Wellington

Region

Men's and women's median hourly earnings by region, and gender pay gap within regions
  Auckland Canterbury Wellington Waikato Bay of Plenty Otago Manawatū-Whanganui Gisborne/Hawke's Bay Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast Northland Taranaki Southland
Women 27.23 25.00 29.15 25.01 25.00 24.80 23.50 24.67 23.02 25.00 24.23 23.53
Men 29.22 28.13 31.17 28.01 26.76 27.00 26.50 26.37 27.90 27.50 28.10 25.00
Same region GPG 0.0681 0.1113 0.0648 0.1071 0.0658 0.0815 0.1132 0.0645 0.1749 0.0909 0.1377 0.0588

Gender pay gaps differ by region. This can happen for many reasons.

The dominant industries for a region, and how strongly gender-segregated these industries are, can be reflected in higher gender pay gaps. For example within the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry (which is concentrated in rural areas) women make up only 30.7 percent of the workforce, and have a gender pay gap of 18.6 percent against the earnings of all men.

Parents’ ability to participate in paid work can be very dependent on the accessibility of childcare, and this is especially relevant in rural areas. If no other childcare options are available, the care of children will generally fall to women, making it difficult for them to participate in the labour market, or work as many hours as they’d like.

When regions have higher average pay, this is generally associated with a higher gender pay gap. This is because at lower income levels the minimum wage equalises workers’ pay, while at higher levels there is higher discretion in price setting.

The exception to this is Wellington, which has higher average pay but also a relatively small GPG – this may be a reflection of the public service employing a highly-educated and highly-unionised workforce.

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