Tracking quality data affirms need for support for young Maori and Pasifika

Tracking quality data affirms need for support for young Maori and Pasifika

June 30, 2016

The Commission’s Tracking Equality at Work tool, which has been updated with 2015 data and allows progress towards equality to be tracked, shows Maori and Pacific are falling behind all other ethnicities, with young Maori and Pacific women particularly marginalized.The data shows:

  • Overall number of female NEETS (not in education, employment or training) at lowest number since 2011 at 11.8%, however young Maori and Pacific women are disproportionately affected, particularly moving from the 15-19 age group to the 20 to 24-year age group.
  • Young Maori and Pacific women under 25 years have high unemployment rates of 23.6% and 31.4% respectively and not markedly improving
  • Underemployment rates for Maori women have increased, and this is accentuated in young Maori women under 25 years
  • The largest pay gap of $29.33 per hour is between Pacific women with a Level 1-3 certificate and European men with a post graduate qualification.

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says the data highlights that support for young Maori and Pacifica in the workforce must continue to be strengthened and extended to ensure their success.

“Government Ministries have a number of programmes in place, such as the Youth Service and Maori and Pacifica Trades Training, which are achieving positive results. However, there remains a large group of young people, particularly young women, between 20 to 24 years old that are missing out on much needed support.

“Supporting our young people into education, training and employment that suits their passions, skills and experience, is the key to ensuring their success, as evidenced by the Youth Service programme providers.

“The Commission has recommended that the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) youth mentoring and assistance programmes, available to those under 18 years old, are extended to assist 20 to 24-year-old NEETs to get them into education, employment or training,” Dr Blue says.

Other recommendations from the report focused on pay transparency, raising leadership targets on private and public sector boards and MSD and other agencies continuing to build on employment outcomes for disabled people

“It’s vital that MBIE, MSD and the Government continue to develop and implement programmes and services that ensure all New Zealanders can succeed.”

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