New Zealand’s Gender pay gap statistics show that from today the average Kiwi woman is effectively working for free until the end of the year.
Global Women is calling on all New Zealanders to reflect on the role they can play in closing the gender pay gap with its “Eight Percent Matters” campaign.
Year on year, New Zealand’s gender gap has decreased by 0.6%, moving from 9.2% in 2022, to 8.6% this year. This is a positive shift, but it has only decreased the pay gap by 52 hours and 32 minutes in real terms.
This inequality is even worse for women of colour, with the pay gap between all men and Wāhine Māori, and between all men and Pasifika women sitting substantially higher at 14.3% and 15.2% respectively. This equates to Wāhine Māori having been “working for free” from Thursday November 9th and Pasifika women from November 6th.
The “Eight Percent Matters” campaign serves as a reminder to New Zealand society that although the pay gap figures may be seemingly small, they still have a significant impact on women’s livelihoods.
“The year-on-year figures show positive signs that our gender pay gaps are closing. However, we can’t become complacent, as the gap won’t continue to close without sustained, intentional action,” shares Theresa Gattung, Chair of Global Women.
“We want New Zealanders to use this day to talk about topics like pay equity and pay transparency with those around them – whether it’s asking HR about your organisations pay gap to revisiting your DE&I strategy in a leadership meeting. We need to keep challenging ourselves to do better until there is no pay gap to talk about.”