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Crown Law Office has worst "gender pay gap"

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Along with the Ministry of Defence, the Crown Law Office had the biggest gap between the average salary for female employees and the average salary for male employees in the year to 30 June 2015.

Information on the Public Service Gender Pay Gap released by the State Services Commission shows the average salary for male Crown Law Office employees was 39% higher than the average salary for female employees. Over the whole public service, male employees' salaries were an average 14% higher than for female employees.

The "Gender Pay Gap" data  is influenced by factors such as occupation, seniority and age. An important influencer is the fact that a higher proportion of women are employed in lower paid occupations. Across the whole public service, 29% of women and 8% of men are employed in three of the lower paid occupations (contact centre workers, clerical and administrative workers, and social, health and education workers).

Information on the public sector agencies in the justice sector is as follows:

Gender Pay Gap (year to 30 June 2015)

Department 2015 2014 2013
Crown Law Office 33% 33% 39%
Justice 19% 18% 18%
Land Information New Zealand 16% 17% 16%
Serious Fraud Office 19% 18% 11%
Public Service Average 14% 14% 14%