Some women may have trouble finding work, especially if they can't return to the industry that employed them before the pandemic.
Women make up more than 90% of people who have lost their jobs during COVID-19 restrictions in New Zealand.
Businesses get about $2,000 for every six-month placement they provide for the unemployed.
More than half of the companies making cuts say they helped avoid layoffs, for now.
Workers lost $80 billion in pay in April due to the pandemic, but only got $48 billion in unemployment benefits, according to the Hamilton Project.