Sobering but not unsurprising: WIFT NZ Gender Pay Gap Survey results

Posted Tuesday 01 Aug 2023

Sobering but not unsurprising: WIFT NZ Gender Pay Gap Survey results

If you haven't read André Chumko's article in Stuff's The Post, here's your chance. Chumko, the Senior Arts and Culture reporter for Stuff, has been chasing this story on the gender pay gap survey for some time, and interviewed WIFT NZ Executive Director Patricia Watson (pictured), among others. 

Click here to read the full article

The survey itself makes sobering but unsurprising reading. Some statistics that jump out include

  • 40% of women and 25% of men working in the screen industry were earning less than the minimum wage, according to the 2018 Census.
  • There’s an 18% gender pay gap in production offices,
  • a 19% gap in editorial, and
  • a 22% gap in general post-production.
  • the gap for women working in the camera department is 53%.
  • Just 12% of women in the screen sector earn a six-figure salary, compared with 28% of men.
  • Almost half of the survey respondents said they’d undertaken unpaid work.

These figures eclipse the national gender pay gap of 9.2% many times over.

Click here to read the survey in full

Image: CHRIS MCKEEN/STUFF