5 Oct 2013

Group says no progress on gender pay gap

8:36 pm on 5 October 2013

A pay equity group says government figures show no progress in narrowing the gender pay gap.

The Pay Equity Challenge Coalition says the New Zealand Income Survey shows there remains a 13% gap between the average hourly earnings of men and women.

A spokesperson Angela McLeod says a far bigger proportion of men than women are in the top 5% to 1% of pay distribution.

She says women in higher paid jobs and occupations may be gaining ground, but women in many traditional jobs, such as caregivers, continue to be undervalued and underpaid relative to men.

Ms Mcleod says the Government needs action to reduce the gender pay gap by lifting the wages of low-paid women workers.