New Zealand – Few women apply for the highest paying jobs

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By (Danny Romero)

Few women are applying for some of the highest-paying jobs in New Zealand, according to quarterly employment data from Trade Me jobs.

The data, which analysed the applications of job seekers across over 72,000 vacancies from April to June 2017, showed that 33% of applications for jobs offering a salary of at least NZD 100,000 (USD 73,500) were from women. This was an increase of 1% from 2015. Meanwhile, women apply for 54% of roles under NZD 40,000 (USD 29,424), and 46% of roles between NZD 40,000 (USD 29,424) and NZD 60,000 (USD 44,100).

“Female applicants are over-represented in applications for lower paying roles and heavily under-represented for roles above NZD 60,000 (USD 44,100),” Head of Trade Me Jobs Jeremy Wade, said. “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.”

Wade added that women do 56% of all searches but submit 48% 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.”

Meanwhile, the number of women applying for IT jobs had remained the same since 2015 (20%), and had fallen in the engineering sector from 22% to 16%. Education, administration and office jobs were dominated by women, with more than 70% of applications coming from women. Government and council jobs were the only ones on an even level at 50% for men and women.

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