People and employment

Everything you need to know about current pay equity claims, becoming a teacher, returning to teaching and working as a principal, teacher, or non-teaching staff. This includes employment agreements, and details about pay, leave and personal development.

Pay equity

Pay equity means that people are paid equally for doing work of equal value.

This can be a challenging concept because achieving pay equity means we have to compare the way that we value and pay for work that we perceive to be very different – such as teacher aides and correction officers.

By comparing the work and pay of female-dominated occupations with male-dominated occupations, pay equity ensures that workers in female-dominated occupations receive pay that properly recognises the value of the work that they do.

Current education sector pay equity claims

Become a teacher or return to teaching

Find information on how to become a teacher, return to teaching or find a teaching job. You'll also find information on registration, practising certificates and LATs, and information for teachers overseas who want to teach in New Zealand.

Become a teacher or return to teaching

Principals and teachers

Employment information for principals and teachers of primary, secondary, area school, kindergarten, and Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu early childhood teachers. Also information about police vetting, performance management and scholarships, awards and funding for people working in schools.

Principals and teachers

Non-teaching staff

Employment information, including police vetting and performance management, for:

  • support staff
  • caretakers, cleaners and canteen staff
  • groundstaff
  • Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu specialist and support staff
  • special residential school non-teaching staff
  • Kaiarahi i te Reo, therapists, ATSSD and special education assistants
  • foreign language assistants, and
  • adult and community education staff.

Non-teaching staff

Employment agreements

All collective agreements for:

  • principals and teachers of primary, secondary, area schools and kindergartens
  • Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu early childhood teachers
  • adult and community education staff
  • support staff
  • caretakers, cleaners, and canteen staff
  • groundstaff
  • Kaiarahi i te Reo, therapists, ATSSD special education assistants
  • employees at special residential schools and specialists and support staff at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu.

Also individual employment agreements, and special terms or conditions (concurrence).

Employment agreements

Pay, leave and personal development

Information about pay, allowances, superannuation, non-teaching time, leave, professional development, surplus staffing and leaving your job.

Pay, leave and personal development

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