June 29, 2015
Wahine Maori doing it tough in job market
Equal Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue says a new web search tool will allow people to better understand who is missing out in the job market.
The tool digs into the figures behind the Human Rights Commission’s Tracking Equality at Work report released at the weekend.
It shows women have higher unemployment and underemployment than men; are underrepresented in leadership roles in the public and private sectors, and make up two thirds of those earning the minimum wages.
Dr Blue says through a Maori lens the contrast is even sharper, with Maori at least twice as likely to be unemployed as other New Zealanders, and Maori women under 25 four times as likely to be jobless.
She says even more alarming is the high rate of young Maori not in education, employment or training, which shows they are effectively disengaged from the workforce.
"Now that’s really concerning. You can look at overall trends and factor in this and that but the actual fact is we have got people really struggling in the employment and they particularly are Maori and young Maori women," Dr Blue says.
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