Equal employment opportunities in New Zealand organisations
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The aim of this study was to consider the concept of Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) in New Zealand organisations. In particular this study focused on the progress of EEO in New Zealand public and private sector organisations with reg~rd to women, specifically women in management. Questionnaires were distributed to 62 senior women managers rn Government departments and large private sector organisations with an EEO policy. The results highlighted the fact that discrimination is still occurring in some private sector organisations in New Zealand. Responses showed that although 'overt' discrimination no longer exists, it has been replace by more subtle forms, such as in promotion, recruitment and performance evaluation. Compared to private organisations a greater number of public organisations had a successful EEO policy and programmes. The most significant barrier in the private sector to furthering EEO initiatives was considered to be the negative attitudes towards EEO from some senior management in this sector. This was manifested in a lack of commitment and accountability for the implementation and success of EEO policies in this sector. These results highlight the confused state of EEO within New Zealand. The growing gap in employment equity between these two sectors is an issue that must be addressed, especially in light of increasing number of women entering the workforce at all levels.