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NZ Work Research Institute director argues there's evidence sexism may be lowering teacher pay

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Publish Date
Tue, 9 May 2023, 6:43pm
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NZ Work Research Institute director argues there's evidence sexism may be lowering teacher pay

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 9 May 2023, 6:43pm

Certainty there is a case for investigating whether sexism is lowering teacher's pay.

The Ministry of Education is looking into whether teachers are paid badly because of gender, a claim made by the Post Primary Teachers' Association and the Educational Institute.

The majority of teachers are women with a base pay scale ranging from $51,000- $90,000 annually.

New Zealand Work Research Institute associate director Katherine Ravenswood says decades of research has shown female-dominated occupations are paid less.

"Partly because of how we view women's work, but also because of gender discrimination where we just pay women less."

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