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Pay equity

Introduces a new process for pay equity claims and provides useful information on past claims. This includes comparative claims data in a central pay equity data repository.

Pay equity is about women and men receiving the same pay for doing jobs that are different, but of equal value. That is, jobs that require similar levels of skills, responsibility, and effort. 

New process for pay equity claims

Amendments to the Equal Pay Act 1972, which came into effect on 6 November 2020, introduce a new process for individual employees and unions to raise a pay equity claim directly with an employer for work, which may be subject to systemic sex-based discrimination. The new process is similar to New Zealand’s existing employment relations framework. 

A new framework for pay equity in New Zealand [PDF 460MB] (external link)

'An introduction to pay equity' is a resource to help employees, employers, and unions understand the early stages of the pay equity claims process.

An introduction to pay equity [PDF 494KB]

Under the Act, employees, employers and unions will negotiate in good faith, and will have access to mediation and resolution services, if dispute resolution support is needed. 

Good faith


Sharing and requesting information about past claims

Information from past pay equity claims can be useful when working through the pay equity process for a new claim. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) hosts a central pay equity comparator data repository, which has information from past claims.

The repository is a joint initiative between Business New Zealand, Te Kawa Mataaho (Public Service Commission), the Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi (CTU) and MBIE.

The comparator data repository information may include:

  • job/position descriptions
  • anonymised remuneration data
  • summary job/position profiles
  • scoring and evaluative documents which also provide rationale for decisions.

Comparative claims data in pay equity repository [PDF 246KB]

The information contained in the repository is anonymised to ensure privacy for individuals.

More information will be added to the repository over time. We encourage those involved in the claims process to consider sharing their information by contributing to the repository. This will help others advance future claims by providing easy access to comparator information.

If you would like to request information from the data repository or make a data contribution, please email us: administratorpayequitydata@mbie.govt.nz

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Page last revised: 29 July 2021

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