Gender pay gap described as 'legalised theft'

New Zealand's gender pay gap is being described as legalised theft.

It's widened from 12.85-percent last year, to just over 14-percent in the September quarter.

President of the New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women, Carolyn Savage, says it's high time the Government and business sector acknowledged the skills women bring to the economy, and pay accordingly.

She says the pay gap short-changes the whole economy.

"If women had the same income as their male counterparts, they would have the same buying power, which in turn would mean more money going into our economy, which in turn would be a growth."

Ms Savage says for the same job as a man, a woman would have to work nearly two more months a year.

"He would get salary up to the end of December, and for a woman to earn the same amount, she would in effect have to work till the 21st of February next year."

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