Women share how lack of pay transparency affects them

Women are sharing how a lack of pay transparency affects them as part of a push for equal pay.

The Human Rights Commission says a transparent pay scale would alleviate anxiety and reduce discrimination. 

It launched the new campaign for a transparent pay scale to try and lessen the problem.

Equal Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali'i Karanina Sumeo told Newshub people are currently in the dark.

"Women tend to pitch their salary a bit lower and for some businesses that's a good thing, so they think 'oh yes I can afford her', but the top of the scale is probably another 10 or 15 grand more."

She said making it more obvious what a role actually pays would help remove discrimination.

"Just put it on the job description, that would alleviate a lot of anxiety and people can go and do their own research."

Women the Human Rights Commission spoke to said finding out whether they get paid fairly has been incredibly challenging.

"It is sort of like fighting fog. You are trying to validate to yourself and others that this problem exists," Nancy McShane from Christchurch said in a statement.

"If we have pay transparency in place, then it's a much easier process. We need to work a lot harder on creating a fair and equitable society." 

Nia Bartley from Wellington agreed.

"As a Pacific woman of colour, there is extra effort and hoops that I need to jump through," she said. 

"There is a group of people in society that miss out because of what they look or sound like and that is so wrong."