The Ministry's gender pay gap data is not included in the public service workforce data because it does not meet the threshold required to produce meaningful high-level gender pay gap statistics as specified in the Stats NZ guidelines for measuring organisational gender pay gaps. This is because the Ministry does not meet the requirement of having at least 20 men and 20 women within its workforce. 

We annually release our gender pay gap figures proactively, but due to our small size, minor changes in staffing can significantly affect our gender pay gap and make the number volatile. 

The Ministry's gender pay gap for 2023 was: -2.7% in favour of women (as at 30 June 2023). For the past three years, our gender pay gap has been -0.1% in favour of women, and 8.5% (2021) and 7.6% (2020) in favour of men.

We also use other measures to monitor gender equity within the organisation, including workforce profile, people data, and recruitment statistics to help indicate progress. The Ministry ensures that employees in the same or similar roles are paid equitably (i.e., there are no like-for-like pay gaps). 

The Ministry is committed to the principles and actions in Kia Toipoto of addressing equal pay, flexible by default, removing bias or discrimination from remuneration systems and human resource practices, gender-balanced leadership, and supporting the implementation of Kia Toipoto across the public sector.

Read our 2024 Kia Toipoto and Papa Pounamu Plan.