Alison Mau looks at the gender pay gap in NZ

07/03/2017
Today on RadioLIVE Drive Alison Mau will focus on the gender pay gap in NZ, after AUT research released today showed women across the board are paid 12% less than their male counterpart, and in higher paying jobs, the figure jumps to 20%.

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In the weekend, Alison Mau wrote a column for the Sunday Star-Times on how TVNZ treated her when she asked for equal pay with Mike Hosking. She wrote the head of news at the time laughed in her face.

THANKS TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES FOR USE OF THE ARTICLE:

"The gender pay gap. It's a myth, innit? Like climate change or the female capacity for multiple orgasm, you can chuck as many dry-eyed academics as you like at it, and there are plenty who'll still treat it like the monster of the Loch or a vacant seat on the bus at peak hour in March. Mythical. Unbelievable.

Evidence has trickled in for decades, but this week was monsoon season. On Thursday, the Effect of Motherhood on Pay report from Statistics NZ showed mums earn 17% less than dads. The same day, Massey University's survey of Kiwi journalists showed women earn 26% less than their male colleagues, despite making up the bulk of the workforce.

Drip, trickle, gurgle.

On Friday, Curtin University in Western Australia reported on data covering 4 million employees. It's some of the strongest empirical evidence to date that a balance of men and women in a workforce reduces the pay gap. There's some weird stuff in there. In companies with a balance in leadership, the pay gap shrinks to under 10%. Once the leadership becomes heavily dominated by women, it shoots back up to 17%. The report concludes that where men are scarce, they're more highly valued.

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