Gender pay gap is now 11.8 percent

The New Zealand gender pay gap is 11.8 percent (as measured by median hourly earnings as at June 2015 from the New Zealand Income Survey (NZIS)). In dollar terms men’s  median hourly earnings have gone up by $1.06 since last year, while women’s earnings have gone up by $0.50.  The gender pay gap has been reducing over time. However, any gender pay gap is unacceptable and improving women’s economic outcomes, which includes reducing the gender pay gap, is a priority.

Equal pay for equal work is already provided for in New Zealand legislation. However, the causes of the remaining gender pay gap are complex and there are no straight-forward solutions. Closing the gap requires sustained action over time, and collective action from a range of players including workers, employers, careers advisers, business leaders and employee groups as well as the Government.