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Ample salary means few women apply


Few women are applying for some of the highestpay­ing jobs in New Zealand, according to figures from Trade Me jobs.

Applicatio­ns from more than 72,000 job listings on Trade Me from April to

June showed just 16 per cent of applicants for engineerin­g jobs were from women. That percentage was 20 per cent for IT jobs.

Head of Trade Me Jobs Jeremy Wade said little had changed in the last three years.

‘‘Some commentato­rs have suggested this issue is dead and buried and we don’t need to think too much about diversity in the workplace. But until these numbers change, we disagree,’’ he said.

The number of women applying for IT jobs had remained the same since 2015, and had fallen in the engineerin­g sector from 22 per cent.

Education, administra­tion and office jobs were dominated by women, with more than 70 per cent of applicatio­ns coming from women.

Government and council jobs were the only ones on an even keel at 50 per cent.

The number of women applying for the highest-paying jobs had also remained the same, with 33 per cent of applicatio­ns for jobs offering a salary of at least $100,000 from women, up 1 per cent from 2015.

‘‘Female applicants are over-represente­d in applicatio­ns for lower-paying roles and heavily underrepre­sented for roles above $60,000,’’ Wade said.

‘‘Women apply for 54 per cent of roles under $40,000, and 46 per cent of roles between $40,000 and $60,000, but are down around 30 per cent for for all of the higher brackets.’’

He said there was a disparity between the number of job searches by women versus the number of roles they applied for.

‘‘Our analysis has indicated women tend to view more listings when they are searching for a new job, but apply less,’’ Wade said.

‘‘Women do 56 per cent of all searches but only submit 48 per cent of applicatio­ns.

‘‘Perhaps women think they need to meet more of the job requiremen­ts than men do before they apply. Or maybe the job ads themselves contain unconsciou­s language bias that is putting women off applying.

‘‘It’s likely that both are factors among a plethora of issues that contribute to the gender imbalance across the majority of industries and workplaces in New Zealand.

‘‘But when it comes to attracting women to apply for jobs, there are a lot of tools out there that can help employers remove any unconsciou­s bias from their job ads. We need to think more about how these things can impact on diverse hiring.’’

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Women hesitate before applying, data from Trade Me Jobs shows.

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