Update for school employees about the minimum wage

(Updated 8 October 2019)

This provides an update to our earlier article Information for school employees about the minimum wage

Earlier this year we identified that a small number of teachers had been paid below the minimum wage. This should never have arisen and we sincerely regret that it has occurred. It’s not acceptable for any person to be paid below the minimum wage.

All people affected by this issue have been identified and received back pay or been contacted to arrange back pay.

We took action as soon as we were aware of the situation in late March. Our payroll provider, Education Payroll Limited (EPL) has identified the people affected and have made changes to ensure that teacher’s remuneration is in line with the new minimum wage rate applying from 1 April 2019. This was effective on 8 May.

The issue affected untrained teachers, or beginning teachers who start on a provisional rate while the salary assessment process is completed to confirm their pay rate.

Those teachers affected from 1 April 2019 received back pay on 8 May, while teachers affected prior to 1 April 2019 received back pay on 19 June. People affected prior to 1 April 2019 who are no longer teaching have been contacted to make back pay arrangements.

While the payroll system will automatically update minimum wage adjustments in the future, it’s timely to remind schools that the adult minimum wage rate for employees over 16 years from 1 April 2019 is $17.70 per hour and for teachers $36,917.14 per annum before tax.

Minimum wage (Govt.nz website) 

Response to related OIA: Primary School Teachers Minimum Wage OIA [PDF, 1.1 MB]

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