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Champions for Change has published year one results of a new annual gender and ethnicity survey of more than 80,000 New Zealand employees. It is the largest ever workplace gender survey, representing approximately three percent of kiwi workers.

83000 employees representedMore to do on gender equality in leadership

Champions for Change has published year one results of a new annual gender and ethnicity survey of more than 80,000 New Zealand employees. The report reveals that women are under-represented in senior management roles, highlighting areas where organisations can concentrate efforts to grow their female talent pipelines.

The survey was undertaken by 29 organisations in the Champions for Change group, including some of New Zealand’s largest companies and public sector employers. The full Champions group includes 44 organisations. Not all were able to report in the first year due to the complexity of assessment. The Champions group has a goal of 100% participation in 2019 and beyond. 

Read the 2018 Report Summary

 

Female representation by work category for Champions for Change group

 

Board KMP Other execs/GMs Senior
management
Other
managers
Non-managers Workplace
participation
NZ Champions for Change

35.4%

33.0%

30.5%

39.9%

45.1%

51%

49.1%

International comparisons1

NZX

26.5%

22.7%

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NZ State Sector

45.3%

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WGEA

24.9%

29.7%

30.4%

34.9%

41.9%

51.3%

50.0%

FTSE 100

27.7%

19.3%

26.1%

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WIW

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20-21%

29.0%

33.0%

37%

47.0%

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1. NZX50 Gender Diversity Statistics as at 30 June 2018; Ministry for Women Gender Stocktake of State Sector Boards and Committees 2016; Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard 2016-17 (WGEA); Hampton Alexander Review 2017; and Women in Workplace 2017.

29 companies reported on genderWomen underrepresented at all levels

The report reveals that at Board level, Champion groups reported 35.4% women – tracking well ahead of the NZX50 with 26.5%; the Australian WGEA with 24.9%; and, the British FTSE100 with 27.7%.

At Key Management Personnel level – CEO, COOs and similar roles – the Champions group, with 33.0% women, had a greater percentage of female leaders than the Australian WGEA, which reported 29.7% women.

Women filled 30.5% of General Management or equivalent roles, and 39.9% of senior management and 45.1% of other managers. In the non-manager category, men and women are almost evenly split, with women at 51% and men at 49%.

6 work categoriesChampions committed to improvement

As a group, Champions are committed to driving a 40:40:20 balance at all levels of employment i.e. at each level of seniority, 40% of both women and men, with the remaining 20% being of either gender, allowing for a natural flow of people into and out of the organisation. For example, this could mean six men and four women in management - or five of each.

In 2018, 26 Champion organisations reported ethnicity data, representing more than 60,000 employees. However, of this total, one in six employees did not state their ethnicity and data sets were highly variable in quality.

 

 

 

Ethnicity DataSelf-identifying Ethnicity

New Zealand is unique internationally in basing the concept of ethnicity solely on the basis of cultural affiliation and self-identification, rather than any concept of race, ancestry, nationality or citizenship - and the biological, historical and legal concepts bound up in these. In New Zealand, ethnicity is self-identified and you can belong to more than one ethnic group.

Each organisation used the Champions for Change Diversity Reporting Framework, a global standard of reporting that was created in partnership with Global Women specifically for this purpose.