Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Flexible work pilots begin in the public service

Hon Julie Anne Genter
Minister for Women

10 December 2018

The next step of the Gender Pay Action Plan was launched today by Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter, with seven public service agencies committing to flexible work pilots.

Seven government agencies have signed up to pilot ‘flexible-work-by-default’ approaches in the first in a staged roll-out across the whole public service by the end of 2020.

“More flexible working arrangements will enable a more diverse and inclusive state services. We know organisations that encourage flexible work have a stronger ability to attract and retain staff and it leads to a greater diversity of staff,” says Julie Anne Genter.

“Instead of asking why a role should be made flexible, employers should be asking why not.

“Flexible-by-default work practices will help close the public service gender pay gap by removing barriers to flexible options at all levels, and the career penalty often associated with working flexibly.

“We want to normalise flexible work for both men and women. Increasing flexible work in the public sector is part of the Gender Pay Gap Action Plan that Minister for State Services Hon Chris Hipkins and I launched in July this year.

“The Action Plan is a major step forward in eliminating the imbalance in pay between men and women in the public service – a key commitment between the Labour and Green Parties.

Key components are addressing equal pay, encouraging agencies to offer flexible work by default, no gender pap gaps for starting salaries, and women making up 50 percent of the top three tiers of leadership.

“These agencies are making sure we have the foundations right to create sustainable flexible workplaces to help in building a diverse and inclusive public service,” says Julie Anne Genter.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination.

2018 was a difficult year for the Indonesian archipelago. This chain of fragile and largely low-lying islands is situated on a particularly unstable segment of the Pacific rim of fire. Last year the islands were hit by a series of devastating natural events including a series of Lombok, Sulawesi and Java based earthquakes and resultant tsunamis.More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>


IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>





InfoPages News Channels