Frequently Asked Questions


When can I enter the Awards?

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We want to enter the Equal Pay Awards but don't know where to start.

This year we have made it easier than ever for companies and individuals to enter the awards.  Simply select the award category you want to enter, collate the required information and start your entry.

What is the current Pay Equity situation in NZ?

  • Women are paid less than men in every country in the world. The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report found that, at the present rate of progress, it would take 108 years to achieve global gender equality.
  • New Zealand in 2018 ranked 7th out of 144 countries in the report for its overall gender gap across education, health, economic opportunity and politics.
  • The gender pay gap in New Zealand in 2018 was 9.2%, based on median hourly earnings.
  • Women on average are paid $600,000 less than men over their lifetimes.
  • The gender pay gaps are much larger for Māori, Pasifika and immigrant women, and women with disabilities.
  • New Zealand’s gender pay gap has persisted for decades, hovering around 10 per cent but never significantly reducing.
  • The gender pay gap exists irrespective of qualifications, skills or experience, with the “unexplained” part of the gap now estimated to comprise up to 83% of the gap between male and female pay.


What is the difference between Equal Pay & Pay Equity

It is important people understand the different components around equal pay and pay equity. Equal pay is about men getting paid more than women for doing exactly the same job. Apples and apples.

Pay equity tackles the issue from a different perspective, challenging the issue around women in female dominated industries getting paid less than work of similar value in male dominated industries. Women tend to be clustered in a relatively narrow range of occupations that have been traditionally considered women’s work and not always valued the same as men’s (like clerical, caring, cleaning). This is particularly the case for New Zealand which has relatively high levels of concentration of women workers in female dominated occupations, with 47% of women in occupations where 80% or more of employees are women. Apples and pears.

What are the Terms and Conditions?

Terms and Conditions 2019

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