International Women’s Day, March 8, saw the launch of a new public registry providing a platform through which New Zealand companies and small businesses voluntarily report their pay gaps.
Many groups of workers in Aotearoa New Zealand face significant gaps in their pay packets.
A pay gap is defined as the difference between the average salaries of two different groups of people, usually based on gender or ethnicity.
For example, according to mindthegap.nz, for every dollar a Pakeha man earns, a Pakeha woman earns $0.89, a Māori man earns $0.86, and a Māori woman earns $0.81.
Registry creator, the MindTheGap campaign, says that international experience shows that the simple act of requiring organisations to report their pay gaps to the public significantly reduces them. Such reporting is in place in Australia, the UK and many other countries.
Entities already participating in the New Zealand registry include Air New Zealand, Auckland Transport, and AIA insurance, all of which have pay gaps.
Currently, reporting is voluntary only but MindThe Gap co-founders Dellwyn Stuart and Jo Cribb believe that mandatory reporting is needed to close the gap.
The campaign is keen to see more NGOs registering. Find out more here.