The Māori pay gap (the difference between average pay for Māori and non-Māori employees) has fallen from 9.9% in 2019 to 9.3% in 2020. The Pacific pay gap has fallen from 20.1% to 19.5%. The Asian pay gap was up slightly on the previous year, moving to 12.8% in 2020 (from 12.5% in 2019).

Like the gender pay gap, ethnic pay gaps can relate to occupational segregation or the occupation profile of a particular ethnic group. Māori, Pacific and Asian public servants are over-represented in occupation groups that are lower paid.

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