Government of New Brunswick

What is Pay Equity?

Pay Equity is equal pay for work of equal value.

Pay equity is a fundamental human right that is defined by the principle of “equal pay for work of equal or comparable value.” Pay equity seeks to address pay inequities of jobs traditionally done by women that are of comparable value to jobs traditionally done by men. It requires comparing jobs usually done by women with different jobs usually done by men.

If jobs are found to be of comparable value, female jobs and male jobs should be paid the same.

Women continue to earn less than their male counterparts, regardless of age, education, experience or occupation. These pay practices are inherited from a period when men’s work contribution was more fully valued in the workplace and as a result are deeply rooted in our society.


The under-valuation of traditional female occupations refers to paying lower wages to women, regardless of whether men perform the same duties.  



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