According to the report, the pay gap between men and women was worse among those working at lower levels in the public sector – women’s pay packages were 14% less than their male colleagues. The report further states that this gap was visible across the entire public sector. Men were reported to be earning an average of $76,784, which translates into about $11,000 more than what women earn. Andrew Little, leader of the Labour party, said this gap indicated a “failure of leadership” across the public services.
Figures show that women constitute nearly 60% of the entire public service workforce, which is about 42% of the total workforce. The report also showed that the Department of Prime Minister and the Cabinet was the worst in terms of women helming affairs, with just 15% females at occupying the top offices despite constituting 50% of the total staff of this department.