Information for school employees about the minimum wage

The great majority of New Zealand teachers and all non-teaching employees are on the correct pay rate.

The Ministry is currently working to ensure that no teacher’s remuneration is below the new minimum wage rate applying from 1 April 2019. We are aware that a small number of teachers are on rates that need to be updated to reflect the minimum wage.

This situation affects teachers whose annual salary is less than $36,917.14 (excluding day to day relievers), some of whom will be teachers where Education Payroll Limited (EPL) has not received a completed salary assessment application.

It is important that schools and new teachers begin the salary assessment process as soon as an appointment is made to the role, rather than waiting until the teacher commences in the role. 

The rates in the Collective Agreements were set three years ago when they were last negotiated. A small number of rates have now fallen below the minimum wage and the new minimum wage will be applied from the statutory effective date of 1 April 2019.

EPL will identify affected teachers and provide an update to their school payroll administrators about the timing for adjusting their pay automatically and issuing backpay owed to 1 April 2019.

We are working to ensure that any minimum wage arrears earlier than 1 April 2019 are addressed and backpay issued.

If you think you may be affected, please discuss with your school payroll administrator. EPL will provide the necessary support to schools who have affected teachers.

Update about the minimum wage for school employees

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