Where women are paid the most
Women in mining and forestry are out-earning their male counterparts, although they are a smaller part of both industries.
Statistics NZ data shows that the highest wages for women in the March 2017 quarter were in oil and gas extraction jobs, where they received a median income of just under $20,000 in the three months.
That was followed by life insurance roles, where women earned $17,710 in the quarter, and computer system design and related services, where they earned $17,310.
Economist Mieke Welvaert said some of the industries were high-payers overall. ‘‘Also, it is possible that women take up a bigger share of higher-paying roles in some of these industries.’’
‘‘If you were a manager working for a pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturing firm I’d suspect you get paid more than a worker on the manufacturing floor.
‘‘More women managers would push averages for the industry up.’’
Stats NZ figures also show that mining and forestry are the only New Zealand sectors where the median wage for women has usually exceeded the median for men.
Therese Singleton, AMP’s general manager of advice and sales in New Zealand, said her firm had noticed an increasing number of young women entering financial services, including as insurance advisers.
‘‘[Many say] they are seeking the work-life balance and other benefits that a career in financial advice might offer them. Still the numbers are low, but it’s a good sign for the industry and New Zealanders that more women see value in a career as a financial adviser.’’
Associate professor Alex Sims, from the University of Auckland Business School’s commercial law department, warned that occupations where women were paid more were sometimes held up as an example by those who wanted to claim there were no issues with a gender pay gap.
‘‘Just because for some occupations women were paid more does not make it okay for the vast majority of men to be paid more.’’
Australian research showed that when women were in a male-dominated industry, they tended to be overachievers and to earn more than the men.
Women working in private households employing staff earned the least.
Statistics NZ data shows that women earned the most in the March 2017 quarter in oil and gas extraction jobs, where they received a median of just under $20,000 over the three months.