Because pay varies considerably between occupations, simple pay gap comparisons between sectors that have different occupational compositions are problematic. Controlling for the effect of the occupational structure of the Public Service gives an adjusted gender pay gap* of 10% (10% in 2004) in the Public Service, compared with 19% (17% in 2004) for the employed labour force as a whole. When adjusted for both age and occupation, the gender pay gaps reduce to 8% (8% in 2004) in the Public Service and 17% (16% in 2004) in the labour force as a whole.
* The unadjusted gender pay gap in the Public Service in 2005 was 17% (which is the same as 2004). [Added February 2006].