Tracking Equality at Work (2016)

Everyone has the right to work. The right to work is a fundamental human right which is set out in international law. It guarantees workers should be free from discrimination and have the right to equal pay for equal work. Whether workers are treated fairly, with dignity and can adequately support themselves and their families is a measure of how equal a society is.

Tracking Equality at Work is a web-based interactive tool that measures equality at work. It includes data on four key aspects of work: employment, pay, leadership and discrimination, using 24 indicators, two of which are new for 2016 (pay by qualifications and global leadership).

See our Key Findings for Tracking Equality at Work 2016.

The data is disaggregated by sex, ethnicity, age, and disability and indicates trends over time. The web-tool makes it possible to track the persistence of inequality over time, and whether or not progress towards equality is being made.

See the Summary and Recommendations for Tracking Equality at Work 2016.

Learn More

  • Tracking Equality at Work Data shows that more support is needed for young Maori and Pasifika at work. Read more here.
  • Our data suggests that more public reporting is needed to address the gender pay gap. Read more here.
  • A report on progress made on the 2015 recommendations will be released soon.  


In New Zealand’s largest-ever study of work, the National Conversation about Work, over 3000 employers, employees and job-seekers broadly said they enjoyed their work, cared about the people they worked with, were proud of the services and products they delivered and loved the challenges of working life. For many, work defined them and was a critical aspect of self identity and self esteem, not just a pay cheque.

The vast majority of employers were responsive to employee needs and many treated staff as extended family rather than as units of labour. Universally, there was a strong commitment both in practice and in spirit to the idea of a “fair go” at work and to equality. The 2011 Tracking Equality at Work report picks up where the National Conversation about Work left off. 

You can learn more about the first Tracking Equality at Work report here.