Story: Family welfare

Women's income and labour force participation, 2017

The differences among women's personal incomes is closely related to the hours they spend in paid work – which is, in turn, related to the unpaid caring work of mothers. A good measure of income distribution is the median – the midpoint in distribution with half the population above that amount and half below that amount. The median income of women in part-time work was less than half that of women in full-time work in 2017. While the median income of women involved in full-time paid work was around 85% of men's income, women in part-time employment earned a higher weekly median income than men employed part-time. In terms of employment status, there were over twice as many women in part-time employment than men in 2017.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Incomes - Earnings from wage and salary jobs by sex, age groups, region, and full-time and part-time status (NZ.Stat); Household Labour Force Survey - Employed Persons, Full & Part-Time Status by Sex (Infoshare)

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Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Family welfare - Family policy, 1980–1999', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Jun 2018