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Wintec awarded for being an equal pay employer

Wintec awarded for commitment to equal pay opportunities

Wintec is the first polytechnic in New Zealand to be awarded for its commitment to equal pay opportunities. (LtoR) Wintec's Sarah Hooker and Katrina Van de Ven with Wintec Council member, Sandra Gusscott.

Waikato Institute of Technology’s (Wintec’s) commitment to creating equal pay opportunities for all staff has been acknowledged at the recent YWCA Equal Pay Awards with a Best Practice Compact award, the first New Zealand ITP (Institute of Technology and Polytechnic) to be recognised.

The Best Practice Compact award demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to equal pay and gender diversity. It recognises Wintec’s dedication to creating equal pay opportunities for all employees, regardless of gender.

“We are really proud that Wintec is the first New Zealand ITP to receive this award which acknowledges our commitment to being a fair employer,” says Katrina Van de Ven, Wintec’s executive director, People and Culture.

“We have worked hard, along with great support and input at a governance level, to ensure Wintec follows best practice in terms of remuneration and treating all staff equally.

“Gender equality starts with having the right strategy, targets, policies and initiatives in place – all of which Wintec has been proactive in achieving.”

Wintec Council chair Barry Harris says: “The Council is delighted with this recognition of Wintec’s work in this very important area of diversity and inclusion.  It is a significant milestone on our diversity and inclusion journey.”

As well as having a diversity and inclusion strategy, and demonstrating a commitment to reducing its gender pay gap, Wintec has implemented a number of forward-thinking initiatives such as flexible working conditions and career breaks for employees. These help to create an environment where everyone is rewarded fairly for their work.

The award was presented to Wintec at the fifth YWCA Equal Pay Awards, held in Auckland last week.

The YWCA Equal Pay Awards celebrate, encourage and motivate New Zealand businesses to get on the equal pay journey and share best practice initiatives and policies.

See the full list of YWCA Equal Pay Awards award winners here.

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