December 07, 2017
Maori lag in public service pay stakes
Pay gap data released yesterday by the State Services Commission shows Maori public servants are paid on average 11.3 percent less than the overall average.
That’s 0.3 percent worse than last year’s survey.
The Asian pay gap was 12.1 percent and for Pasifika workers it was 21.7 percent.
Overall the gender pay gap decreased 1 per cent to 12.5 percent – similar to that in the private sector.
That was largely because of changes in the make-up of the public service including nearly 1000 prison officers moving into Corrections when Serco lost its contract to run the Auckland Remand Prison at Mt Eden.
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says the gender gap starts early, when women may accept the lower part of the salary band.
It explodes when they take career breaks to have a family and experience shows they never catch up.
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