Gender pay gap transparency and measurement in the Public Service

The Public Service has highly transparent workforce data, updated and published annually. This transparency aligns with the Gender Pay Principle of Transparency and Accessibility. 

Gender pay gaps for the Public Service and individual agencies were first published in 2016, with information available going back to 2000. Other Public Service workforce information, such as the proportion of women in leadership and average pay by ethnic group, is also publicly available and updated through a comprehensive annual survey. These data series are useful monitoring and analytical tools for the Taskforce and for agencies. The State Services Commission also publishes an annual commentary on changes and trends in the Public Service Workforce, including an analysis of its gender pay gap.

The State Services Commission reports the Public Service gender pay gap using mean pay. In contrast, StatsNZ uses median hourly pay when reporting the gender pay gap for the entire workforce.

In 2019, the Public Service gender pay gap using median pay was 6.2%, a large fall from 10.7% in 2018. For comparison, NZ’s gender pay using median pay was 9.3% in 2019.

Description of Figure 5

Figure 5 is a line graph showing the trend in NZ workforce and Public Service gender pay gaps using median salaries from 2000-2019. The horizontal axis shows years from 2000 to 2019. The vertical axis shows percentages from zero percent to 20% in 5% intervals.

There are two lines in the line graph. The purple line shows that the national gender pay gap has decreased from 14% in the year 2000 to 9.3% in 2019. The blue line shows that the Public Service gender pay gap has decreased from 16.7% in 2000 to 6.2% in 2019.

Figure 5 Trend in NZ workforce and Public Service gender pay gaps using median salaries 2000 2019

Figure 5: Trend in NZ workforce and Public Service gender pay gaps using median salaries 2000-2019

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