Gender pay gap

This is the first report of our gender pay gap, released 21 April 2023.

Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable community of staff. Issues of fairness in pay exist across gender, as well as for Māori, Pacific peoples, and other ethnicities. Owning our numbers helps us understand the areas where we need to focus our efforts and is the first step in addressing the systemic issues that produce these gaps.

Our gender pay gap

Waipapa Taumata Rau gender pay gap is 9.2%. The New Zealand national gender pay gap is also 9.2%.

The gender pay gap is a high-level indicator of the overall difference in earnings between gender groups. The causes of gender pay gaps are complex, and inequities in the labour market and society are the result of long-held views and practices around gender roles. The gender pay gap is about overall differences in earnings across all genders in an organisation. This is different to equal pay, which relates to getting the same pay for the same job.

We used the method set out by Stats NZ, Public Service Commission and Ministry for Women to calculate our gender pay gap. The figures below include all employees – permanent, fixed term, and casual.

First we calculated the median hourly rates based on a pay snapshot taken on 8 December 2022. The median hourly rate was $35.00 for women and $38.54 for men.

We used these median hourly rates to calculate our gender pay gap which is 9.2%.

Next steps

Work is underway on a detailed gender pay gap report. This report will include data about our ethnic pay gaps, indications of key drivers, and recommendations to close the gaps over time. The report will be updated and published annually on International Equal Pay Day, 18 September.

Key dates

  • 18 September 2023: Our first gender pay gap report released
  • 8 March 2024: Gender pay gap census date for 2024
  • 18 September 2024: Gender pay gap report released