Work is underway to eliminate the gender pay gap in the Public Service and to resolve pay equity claims in the State sector.

Ensuring women's pay reflects their skills, efforts and responsibilities, and is not negatively affected by their gender, is about fundamental human rights. It is a priority for the Government, Public Service chief executives and State sector leaders.

The Gender Pay Gap and Pay Equity Taskforce

The Gender Pay Gap and Pay Equity Taskforce l Te Rōpū Mahi Rerekētanga Utu Ira Tangata me te Whakaōrite Utu is a partnership between the Ministry for Women and the State Services Commission to realise the Government’s aims on the gender pay gap and pay equity. The taskforce:

  • supports agencies to deliver Te Mahere Mahi Rerekētanga Ira Tangata l The Gender Pay Gap Action Plan through the development of guidance
  • supports the implementation of the recommendations of the Reconvened Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles (and any subsequent legislation) within the State sector
  • promotes Ngā Mātāpono Utu Ira Tangata l the Gender Pay Principles and is developing guidance with the Gender Pay Principles Working Group, which is comprised of unions, State sector agencies, and the State Services Commission.

Guidance and resources

There is more information about the gender pay gap on the Ministry for Women website, and there is information about the gender pay gap in the Public Service in the annual Public Service Workforce Data reports.

Gender pay gap in the Public Service

  • In the Gender Pay Gap Action Plan the Government, Public Service chief executives and the Public Service Association agreed a comprehensive set of actions and targets that will help close the gender pay gap in the Public Service.
  • The Public Service aims to lead the way in addressing the workplace drivers of the gender pay gap.
  • The Gender Pay Principles provide a framework for creating working environments free of gender-based inequalities, based on collaborative action between agencies, employees and unions. Eliminating gender pay gaps is a chief aim of the Principles.

Pay equity in the State sector

  • The Government’s expectation is that pay equity claims are managed and resolved using the Pay Equity Principles.

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