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Mums paid $5 less p/h than dads

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/02/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Mothers are paid on average $5 less per hour than their male counterparts, according to figures released by Statistics NZ.</span> © Philip Toscano/ Press Association Mothers are paid on average $5 less per hour than their male counterparts, according to figures released by Statistics NZ. Mothers get paid on average $5 less than fathers in New Zealand, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The 17 per cent pay gap shows that an average father earns $28.30 an hour, while a mum will only make $23.40.

However, the pay gap between men and women without children is only 5 per cent.

Despite the pay differences between men and women, parents earn more on average than men and women without children.

"Mothers with dependent children earn more than $23 an hour, on average, almost $1 an hour more than men and $2 more than women without children," Insights manager Stephen Oakley said.

Research shows that mothers may get less because they spend more time caring for children, which interrupts full-time paid work and which may reflect breaks from work and reduced work experience.

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