Gender pay gap

Updated 26 September 2023

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

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 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. We used these median hourly rates to calculate our gender pay gap which is 10.8%. 

Next steps

Work is underway to release our first 2023 Gender Pay Gap report later this year which will set the scene for initiatives to close the gaps.  From 2024, the report will be updated and published annually on International Equal Pay Day, 18 September.  

Key dates 

  • Mid December 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 

We originally stated that our gender pay gap is 9.2%. An error in the dataset was subsequently corrected and the gender pay gap is 10.8%.