We're on a mission to close New Zealand's gender pay gap - currently at 9.2%.
We spoke to Champions for Change and leaders to find out the key drivers of the gap and what they're finding effective in closing it. 

And we want you to join us. Share how you are researching insights and overcoming your gender pay gap with #CloseTheGap to inspire others to do the same.

Why does the gender pay gap still exist in New Zealand?

Our interviews and research identified four key contributors: gender norms being ingrained from an early age, bias in recruitment, bias in the workplace, and uneven caring responsibilities. 

Each of these are legacy issues from a less equal time.
They are intangible and can be hard to spot and address.

The good news is that none of the obstacles are insurmountable.
But they will take time and effort to overcome.

4 Steps to Close the Gender Pay Gap

Reach out early

Set up targeted programmes to inspire girls and empower women in roles that aren’t traditionally ‘female’.

Fairness at every stage

Ensure your processes are unbiased and inclusive at all stages of the employee journey, from hiring to retention, promotion to pay review, to parental leave.

Review and reflect

Make your gender pay gap, your plan to address it and your results transparent to the entire organisation as well as externally.

Share what you learn

We'll close the gap faster if everyone shares what is working and what isn’t. Ensure leaders speak up at events and in the media, to spread the word.

Marc England


"We needed to identify and resolve systemic reasons underpinning Genesis Energy's pay gap."

Marc England, CEO Genesis Energy



Did you know that equal pay and the gender pay gap measure two different things?

Equal pay means that men and women in the same employment performing equal work must receive equal pay. Equal work doesn’t just mean the same job, but equivalent kind and quality of work.

The gender pay gap is a high-level indicator of the difference between women and men's earnings. It compares the median hourly earnings of women and men in full and part-time work.

The main issues causing the gender pay gap are men being overrepresented in higher paying sectors and men being overrepresented in senior roles.