Tuesday, 29 May, 2018 - 18:09
Organisers of New Zealand’s Equal Pay Awards have applauded the research paper by MOTU that found that New Zealand’s gender pay gap is larger among mothers than working women without children. However they want to acknowledge that there are progressive organisations who have addressed their own gender pay gap and hope that others will follow.
Acting CEO of YWCA Auckland, Kat Doughty says that the research is valuable as it highlights another driver of the gender pay gap in New Zealand. "We know that there is a gender pay gap in New Zealand of 9.4% and that the causes of this are various and complex. Having a robust data set that proves a 4.4% decrease in hourly wages on average is huge motivation for the Government and businesses to address the gender pay gap" she says.
The belief that carrot is more effective than stick led the YWCA to launch its Equal Pay Awards five years ago. Since its inaugural campaign in 2014, the YWCA Equal Pay Awards has gone from strength to strength, as it positions its winners as thought leaders, creating a platform to inform and inspire other employers about what equal pay success looks like.
Organisations like Lion, AECOM, ANZ, Simpson Grierson, SKYCITY, and even not-for-profits such as Youthtown, have all demonstrated their commitment to addressing equal pay, presenting themselves as employers of choice in a tight labour market. Flexible working policies, the ability to accrue annual leave and to be eligible for performance based-bonuses while on parental leave are just some of the initiatives that previous Equal Pay Awards finalists have shared with judges through entering the awards.
"There is a lot of social and commercial capital in being designated a desirable place for women to work and in actually being a good place to work. By entering the YWCA Equal Pay Awards, employers are signalling to women that they are a fair employer that values their entire workforce. By addressing their gender pay gaps, not only do companies benefit women they employ, but they give all staff a fair go, and generate more productive, inclusive working environments.
"We encourage employers to engage in the Awards programme. They may be pleasantly surprised and put themselves forward for entry or discover policies and practices that need to be implemented if they are to address an issue that is becoming harder and harder to ignore," concludes Ms Doughty.
Entries for the YWCA Equal Pay Awards are now open, with a close date of Friday, 7th September 2018.
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