New report shows some progress on pay equity

Posted By TEU on Mar 15, 2019 | 0 comments


Massey University, the Tertiary Education Union, and [email protected] hosted a morning tea on 8 March to celebrate International Women’s Day and launch the updated report on pay and employment equity at the University.

Massey University is the only University in New Zealand to have conducted a full pay and employment equity (PaEE) review in conjunction with the Tertiary Education Union in 2009. The PaEE Implementation Group maintains joint representation and continues to work towards implementing the recommendations of the review while providing an account of the progress towards the aspiration to achieve pay equity at Massey.

TEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb said: “TEU is extremely pleased to be launching this updated report, especially on International Women’s Day, the day in the year set aside to focus on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

“While there is plenty more to be done to achieve gender equality at Massey and indeed throughout our tertiary sector, we will do it. We particularly acknowledge the commitment shown by Massey not only for being the only university to undertake a comprehensive review but for the on-going commitment to working with TEU to implement the recommendations from that first report in 2010.”

The PaEE implementation group, as part of its function, monitors the implementation of the recommendations of the Massey University Pay and Employment Equity review undertaken in 2009. To this end, the group publishes updates on the data that underpinned the review – first, with a report in December 2016 and now, with this second report updating the data for 2017 and 2018.

The report demonstrates that progress has been made in several areas. For example, the percentage of senior roles held by women has increased from 24 per cent in 2009 to 58 per cent in 2018 and the wage gap for women in these roles has reduced from 20 per cent in 2009 to 8 per cent in 2018. The proportion of women in senior academic and research leadership positions has increased from 23 per cent in 2009 to 43 per cent in 2018, and the wage gap reduced from 20 per cent to 8 per cent. For women across all general staff pay grades, the percentage of women in the top general grades rose from 13 per cent to 20 per cent from 2009 to 2018.

International Women’s Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness around issues facing women today in New Zealand. These issues include women being over represented in precarious and underpaid work, the gender wage gap, the need for family-friendly policies in the workplace, extended paid parental leave, and workplaces that are free from bullying and sexual harassment.

While there is still a lot of work to be done both in terms of reducing the wage gap and ensuring that as women progress, key  points in the appointments, promotions and pay systems are under more conscious control, and supported by such mind-shift interventions as the very successful Unconscious Bias training delivered in 2018.

The implementation group will continue to work on improving gender equity at Massey University, and are proud to be setting a model for others in the tertiary sector to emulate.

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