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The Front Page: Theresa Gattung - From today, Kiwi women are working for free

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Business leader Theresa Gattung is Damien Venuto’s guest on today’s equal pay focused edition of The Front Page podcast.

In a country with so many global firsts, we are still lagging behind on our gender pay gap.

Unless we have genuine equity in our workplaces, Aotearoa New Zealand will not be able to create a true sense of belonging where people are valued, remunerated, and represented equally.

New Zealand is getting close to equal gender workforce participation, with women now making up 47 per cent of our workforce. A trend is emerging towards more gender-equitable board appointments, and we now have a majority female parliament.

However, while we appear to be moving in the right direction with diversity and inclusion in our workforces, gender and ethnic pay parity still has a long way to go. The gender pay gap is stagnant, sitting at 9.2 per cent and has barely moved in the past five years.

This means that from today, women in New Zealand are effectively working for free.

The current 9.2 per cent gender pay gap means that for every 365 days the average Kiwi man is paid for, the average Kiwi woman is only paid for 331*. From today (Monday 28 November) with 9.2 per cent of the year remaining, women throughout New Zealand are effectively working for free for the rest of the year.

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