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The current ethnicity pay gaps are 10.8% for Māori, 14.7% for Pasifika and 11.8% for Asian*

  • The pay gaps are significantly higher for women – with a pay gap of 25% for Māori wāhine and 28% (the largest average pay gap) for Pasifika women.
  • Representation is the primary reason for pay gaps for Māori, Pasifika, Asian and other ethnicities at Inland Revenue.
  • As with gender, a large proportion of Māori, Pasifika and Asian people are in lower paid roles. A smaller proportion are in higher paid roles.
  • Initial analysis of pay gaps within roles, indicates that there is minimal like-for-like pay differences based on ethnicity within roles.
  • We will continue to review within role analysis as the population shifts to ensure no pay gaps are created.

Note: Not all pay bands at Inland Revenue have enough comparators of each ethnicity to be able to do comparative pay gap analysis for all pay bands and ethnicity.

This graph shows the average pay gaps by ethnicity

A bar graph displaying the average pay gap at Inland Revenue by ethnicity

*Calculation note: Māori and ethnic pay gaps are calculated as the difference between the average salary for an ethnic group and the average salary of all those not in that ethnic group, expressed as a percentage of the average salary of those not in the ethnic group

This graph shows that pay gaps are highest for females

Bar graph displaying pay gaps for females at Inland Revenue 

Calculation note: the calculation for pay gaps for woman by ethnicity is done by comparing the average pay for ALL men with that of the average pay with that of the women in the specific ethnicity group. This ensures that gender pay gaps by ethnicity are calculated on the same basis as the overall gender pay gap and are therefore comparable.

Last updated: 24 Nov 2022
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