Pay Gaps for Ethnic Groups

For Māori, the occupation-adjusted pay gap in the Public Service was 6% (6% in 2003 9 ) and 10% (9% in 2003) in the labour force as a whole. For Pacific peoples, the gaps were 10% (9% in 2003) in the Public Service and 14% (15% in 2003) in the labour force. The occupation-adjusted pay gap for Asian public servants was 5% (5% in 2003). Figures for Asian peoples in the labour force are not available.

The younger age profile of each of these ethnic groups in the Public Service (and the wider population) has an effect on pay gaps. When the pay gaps were adjusted for age and occupation, the pay gaps in the Public Service fell to 5% for Maori, 7% for Pacific peoples and 5% for Asian peoples. Comparable figures for the labour force are not available.

There are also gender pay gaps (adjusted for age and occupation) within different ethnic groups in the Public Service:

  • Māori women were paid on average 3% less than Māori men and 11% less than all men
  • Pacific women were paid 3% less than Pacific men and 13% less than all men
  • Asian women were paid 3% less than Asian men and 12% less than all men.

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