This report provides a detailed analysis of women's participation in the New Zealand labour market. It presents a comprehensive range of employment statistics and includes comparisons with other economies within the OECD. The author estimates that by closing the gap between female and male employment rates the country's GDP could be boosted 10 percent, and labour issues created by the Christchurch earthquakes could be resolved.
The report recommends policy initiatives in subsidising childcare, reviewing the Working for Families high effective marginal tax rate, and introducing incentives for highly-educated females to enter new industries and remain in the workforce for longer.
It also calls for further research into why women choose to enter certain industries, analysis of the policies Scandinavian countries have adopted to encourage female employment, and an increase in women holding leadership positions in New Zealand.