Posted Wednesday 27 Jan 2010
Late last year, the Ministry of Education revealed that two-thirds of graduate degrees went to women in 2008, yet pay parity does not seem to be improving. As the NZ Herald reports: "According to the Ministry of Women's Affairs, one year after entering employment the average income gap between men and women with a bachelor's qualification or above was about 6 per cent. After five years, the average income gap had increased to 17 per cent." More women than men are now graduating with bachelors degrees in the creative arts, along with the traditional and lower paid fields of health and education. Modern apprentices are much more likely to be male, and men represent a majority of bachelors graduates in information technology and engineering.