Gender pay gap

Updated 6 December 2023

Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland is committed to building an inclusive and equitable workplace for our diverse communities 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 10.8%.

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.

Gender Pay Gap 2023 Report

The gender pay gap was calculated based on the hourly rates for 11,319 employees at the University. The data for people who have indicated they are female or male are included in this report. The number of people indicating they are gender diverse is relatively small, which prevents a meaningful pay gap analysis for this group at this time.

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

We calculated the median hourly rates based on a pay snapshot taken on 8 December 2022. We used these median hourly rates to calculate our gender pay gap.

Unbalanced distribution of women and men across salary bands and leadership roles is a key driver for pay gaps. We will explore this in next year’s report, along with the effects of ethnicity, pay equality and gender differences in performance pay.

Read the full Gender Pay Gap 2023 Report.

Key dates for 2024

  • 8 March 2024: Gender pay gap census date for 2024 
  • 18 September 2024: Gender pay gap report released