Overall Pay Gap Disappears for Provincial Department Employees

Wednesday, July 28 2010

The gender pay gap has all but disappeared in Part 1 of the New Brunswick civil service. Women earned 99.8% of the average hourly wage of male employees in 2003, when the earnings of all women in all government departments are compared to those of all men. There remain wide gaps within certain government departments however. (Part 1 includes government department employees but not hospital nor school employees.)

Using annual salary figures which make historical comparisons possible, women earned 97% of what men earned in 2003, compared to 84% in 1993, and 90% in 1996. In 2003, female employees were more likely than male employees to be earning in the middle salary ranges of $20 to $35 per hour:  60% of women did compared to 47% of men. More men than women earned below $20 per hour or above $35 per hour. Certain departments with especially large numbers of women - such as Health, and Family and Community Services - had the effect of bringing up women's overall average. In a few departments where the gender pay gap was wide in favour of men, a high proportion of the department's employees were female administrative support workers. This was the case in the departments of Justice and Education. 23% of deputy ministers were women, as were 30% of senior executive officer, in 2003, both up from 16% in 1994.  Women were 49% of the overall workforce of Part 1 of the provincial civil service in 2003, up from 45% in 1996.-

Representation, Pay and Status, by the N.B. Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 2004


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