12 Jul 2011

Commissioner calls for changes to starting salaries

3:10 pm on 12 July 2011

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner says changes to starting salaries are needed to fix the pay gap between men and women.

Judy McGregor says a quarter of new graduates face substantial gender differences in pay of several thousand dollars.

She says starting salaries are one of the main reasons why achieving equal pay is a problem in New Zealand.

Ms McGregor says the pay gap for starting salaries in the finance sector is dreadful and workers cannot talk about their pay due to confidentiality agreements.