Primary Principals' Collective Agreement
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Part 5: Remuneration
Primary Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective: 26 August 2019 to 25 August 2022
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5.1 Unified Pay System
5.1.1 The purpose of this clause is to maintain a Unified Pay System for principals in the state and state integrated compulsory education sector. The Unified Pay System applies to the rolle- based, decile and staffing components of principals’ remuneration.
- The Secretary for Education shall, within one month of ratification of any collective agreement (or relevant variation thereof) applicable to principals of secondary schools in the state and integrated school sector, notify the NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary of any changes to the roll-based, staffing-based, or decile payment components of principals remuneration and offer such changes to principals covered by the PPCA.
- The National Secretary of NZEI Te Riu Roa shall, within one month of receipt of the offer described in clause 5.1.2(a), advise the Secretary for Education whether NZEI Te Riu Roa wishes to accept such offer. The parties agree that upon receipt of NZEI's acceptance of the offer the PPCA shall be deemed to be varied pursuant to clause 1.6 in the terms outlined in the offer as advised by the Secretary for Education.
5.1.3 Clause 5.1 shall apply from 26 August 2019 to 25 August 2022. Thereafter this clause will cease to apply and shall have no effect.
5.2.1 A principal’s salary shall comprise the school roll-based salary (U-grade) in clause 5.2.2, the staffing-based salary component in clause 5.2.3, the decile payment (where applicable) in clause 5.2.4, the payment for Leadership in Literacy and Numeracy in clause 5.2.5, and the Career payment in clause 4.4.1(f) (where applicable).
5.2.2 The Principal’s salary shall be determined in accordance with the grade of the school (i.e. U1-U16):
School roll-based salary component
U-Grade Roll Size Rates 2 May 2017 Rates effective 20 August 2019 Rates effective 20 August 2020 Rates effective 20 August 2021 U1 1-100 $81,553 $92,403 $95,175 $98,031 U2 1-100 $88,145 $92,403 $95,175 $98,031 U3 101-150 $95,238 $100,076 $103,078 $106,170 U4 151-300 $102,701 $107,917 $111,155 $114,489 U5 301-500 $110,164 $115,759 $119,231 $122,808 U6 501-675 $114,429 $120,241 $123,848 $127,564 U7 676-850 $118,870 $124,908 $128,655 $132,515 U8 851-1025 $123,313 $129,577 $133,464 $137,468 U9 1026-1200 $126,334 $132,751 $136,733 $140,835 U10 1201-1400 $129,354 $135,923 $140,001 $144,201 U11 1401-1600 $133,760 $140,554 $144,770 $149,114 U12 1601-1800 $138,167 $145,186 $149,541 $154,028 U13 1801-2000 $142,288 $149,516 $154,001 $158,621 U14 2001-2200 $146,410 $153,847 $158,462 $163,216 U15 2201-2400 $150,018 $157,637 $162,367 $167,237 U16 2401+ $153,625 $161,429 $166,272 $171,260
5.2.3 Staffing based salary component
In addition to the school roll-based salary component specified in clause 5.2.2, the salary of principals shall include the staffing-based salary component calculated according to the following formula:
Total teacher staff (TTS) Rates effective 2 May 2017 ≤ 13 ($738 * TTS) + $2,872 > 13 ($146 * TTS) + $10,971 Total teacher staff (TTS) Rates effective 20 August 2019 ≤ 13 ($775 * TTS) + $3,017 > 13 ($153 * TTS) + $11,529 Total teacher staff (TTS) Rates effective 20 August 2020 ≤ 13 ($798 * TTS) + $3,107 > 13 ($158 * TTS) + $11,875 Total teacher staff (TTS) Rates effective 20 August 2021 ≤ 13 ($822 * TTS) + $3,201 > 13 ($162 * TTS) + $12,231
The staffing based salary component is based on total teacher staffing that includes entitlement, attached and additional staffing, in addition to entitlement staffing transfer, teacher specific time allowances and staffing for attached units under Boards as determined in the Ministry staffing notice. It does not include teachers who may be employed above entitlement from a Board’s operations funding.
Total teacher staff shall be based on the greater of the provisional (September) staffing roll or the confirmed (March) staffing roll which is determined annually.
5.2.4 Principals in decile 1-4 schools shall be paid an amount in addition to salary as specified in clauses 5.2.2 and 5.2.3 above, according to the following tables:
Decile Funding – Decile 1 or 2 School
U-Grade Rate effective
2 May 2017
20 August 2019
1 $3,780 $4,375 2 $4,290 $4,375 3 $4,653 $4,746 4 $5,016 $5,116 5 $5,380 $5,488 6 $5,597 $5,709 7 $5,597 $5,709 8 $6,034 $6,155 9 $6,034 $6,155 10 $6,325 $6,451 11 $6,325 $6,451 12 $6,543 $6,674 13 $6,543 $6,674 14 $6,543 $6,674
Decile Funding – Decile 3 or 4 School
U-Grade Rate effective
2 May 2017
20 August 2019
1 $1,890 $2,187 2 $2,144 $2,187 3 $2,325 $2,372 4 $2,508 $2,559 5 $2,689 $2,743 6 $2,799 $2,855 7 $2,799 $2,855 8 $3,017 $3,078 9 $3,017 $3,078 10 $3,162 $3,225 11 $3,162 $3,225 12 $3,271 $3,336 13 $3,271 $3,336 14 $3,271 $3,336
5.2.5 Leadership in Literacy and Numeracy
- A principal covered by this Agreement shall be entitled to a base per annum payment and a further per annum payment (based on entitlement teachers only, as determined in the annual provisional staffing notice). The base per annum payment is $2,320. The further per annum payment is as follows:
- U1 – U5 school - $100 per entitlement teacher
- U6 school - $80 per entitlement teacher
- U7 school and above - $60 per entitlement teacher.
- For clarity, ‘entitlement teachers only” shall mean the school’s total staffing entitlement minus one. It shall not include attached or additional staffing.
5.3 Definition of Roll
5.3.1 For the purposes of determining a principal’s U grade as per clauses 5.2.2 and 5.2.4 “roll” shall mean the greater of the provisional (September) staffing roll or the confirmed (March) staffing roll, as determined by the relevant Staffing Order in Council, except that students who are included in the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (at 1 July for the September school roll purposes) shall be counted on the following basis:
- Students classified as “very high” under the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme shall be counted as six instead of one;
- Students classified as “high” under the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme shall be counted as three instead of one.
- Students at Westbridge Residential School will count as six instead of one;
- Students at Salisbury and Halswell residential schools who are not included in the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme will count as three instead of one;
- Students at Van Asch and Kelston residential schools who are not included in the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme will count as one.
5.4 Salary Protection
5.4.1 Where the appropriate base salary of a principal (as specified in clause 5.2.2) changes as a result of a drop in grade of the position and the principal’s existing base salary exceeds the rate for the new grade; and the change in grade is contained in the September Staffing Notice, and is not countered by an increase generated in the 1 March roll, the principal’s salary above the rate for the new grade will be protected for a period of 24 months from the beginning of the school year that follows the September Staffing Notice. After the 24 month period of salary protection, the principal shall be paid no more than the rate for the new grade. Salary protection under this clause shall lapse if the principal accepts an alternative position.
5.4.2 Where a grading reduction determined by the September provisional roll, is countered by a grading increase generated by the 1 March roll, the U grade of the principal reverts to the previous higher U grade and the associated salary protection ceases.
5.4.3 Where the grade of a position increases, and this increase is contained in the September Staffing Notice, the principal will move to the new rate at the beginning of the new school year.
5.4.4 For the avoidance of doubt, the base rate for the purposes of salary protection in clause 5.4.1 includes the base salary according to U grade weighting (roll size), but does not include the salary generated by the supplementary formula in clause 5.2.3 (FTTE size).
- In the event of a change in the school’s decile rating the change in salary will be effective from the beginning of the school year following the announcement of the decile change;
- Where the change to the decile would reduce the salary of the principal, the existing decile funding component of the salary, as covered in clause 5.2.4 will be protected for a period of 24 months from the beginning of the school year following the announcement of the decile change.
5.5 Payment of Salaries
5.5.1 Basis of Calculation
The salaries of principals shall be paid fortnightly and the gross salary for a full pay period is calculated as 14/365ths of the annual salary rate. For broken periods the calculation is the number of days due multiplied by the annual rate and divided by 365. Gross salary comprises all salary and allowances (temporary and those paid on a regular basis).
5.5.2 Method of Payment
Salaries shall be paid fortnightly by direct credit to the principal’s nominated bank account.
5.5.3 Holiday Pay
Holiday pay at the rate of 30 per cent of salary shall be based on the school year and shall not be payable beyond 27 January. For holiday pay purposes, teaching service shall comprise all paid service including weekends and statutory holidays, but not school vacations.
5.6 Retirement Savings
5.6.1 Principals are eligible to join a KiwiSaver scheme in accordance with the terms of those schemes.
5.6.2 Employer or government contributions to retirement or superannuation schemes which are closed to new members (and include the Teachers’ Retirement Savings Scheme and the Government Superannuation Fund), shall continue in accordance with the terms of those schemes.
5.6.3 Where government or employer contributions are made to another retirement or superannuation scheme of which a principal is a member, then that principal is only eligible to receive employer or government contributions to a KiwiSaver scheme to the extent that those combined contributions equal the minimum KiwiSaver employer or government contributions. If the government or employer contributions made to another retirement or superannuation scheme of which a principal is a member equal or exceed to the full minimum KiwiSaver employer or government contributions, then that principal is not eligible to receive employer or government contributions to a KiwiSaver scheme.