Government releases gender pay guidelines for public sector

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter.
Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter. Photo credit: Facebook

The Government has released a set of gender pay guidelines for the state sector, intended to eliminate gender inequality in state sector workplaces. 

The principles were launched by State Services Minister Chris Hipkins and Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter on Monday evening.

"I'm proud to be part of a Government committed to eliminating the pay gap in the core public sector, and valuing women's contributions, skills and experience across the board, including through unpaid work," Ms Genter said.

"These principles will guide all government work on gender pay and are a significant step forward for the whole of the state sector."

There are five Gender Pay Principles - freedom from bias and discrimination, transparency and accessibility, acknowledging the relationship between paid and unpaid work, sustainability, participation and engagement.

Each of the principles contain detailed guidelines on how to prevent a range of issues that prevent women from receiving equal pay and treatment in the workplace. They cover a range of employment factors, including recruitment, remuneration, training and development, career progression, leave, flexible and part-time arrangements.

The Labour-Green confidence and supply agreement includes a commitment to eliminate the gender pay gap in the public sector, "with substantial progress within this parliamentary term".

As of September 2017 the gender pay gap in New Zealand was 9.4 percent.

The Gender Pay Principles can be viewed in full here

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