Pay equity

Find out what pay equity is, and find links to information about ongoing and settled pay equity claims.

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  • Education workforce employees and employers
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Boards

Pay equity claims are raised to ensure that people are paid equally for doing work of equal value.

Pay equity acknowledges the value of the skills, responsibilities and demands of workers in female dominated occupations that have suffered from gender-based discrimination because of perceptions and prejudices about the value of “women’s work”.

The Government is committed to removing and preventing gender-based discrimination in the remuneration and employment terms and conditions for work done within female-dominated jobs.

Achieving pay equity and putting more money in the hands of the lowest paid workers has a significant positive impact on their lives, and is likely to have flow-on benefits to their whānau and the wider community.

Learn more about the pay equity process.

Current pay equity claims

In May 2020 the Ministry of Education settled the teacher aide pay equity claim that addresses the longstanding undervaluation for 20,000 teacher aides who work in our schools and kura.

The settlement that includes new and fair pay rates, increased tiaki (formally dirty work) allowances, easier access to PLD(external link) and more job security is a significant milestone in the Ministry’s commitment to addressing pay equity issues in the education sector. 

Action for schools with teacher aides who are not union members

To make sure that all teacher aides receive pay equity rates, schools must offer non-union teacher aides the new IEA and advise Education Payroll that it has been signed.

New pay equity IEA for teacher aides

Teacher aides - implemented

Administration staff - underway

Kaiārahi i te reo - underway

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Teacher aides 

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Administration staff

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Kaiārahi i te reo 

Other claims raised recently

On 6 November 2020, NZEI Te Riu Roa raised pay equity claims for the following roles, and those employees doing the same or similar work in the education sector:

  • School Librarians
  • Science Technicians
  • Early Childhood Teachers

We have also received several claims related to the staff that the Ministry of Education employs.

Information about pay equity in the Public Service from the Public Service Commission(external link)

About the pay equity process

Information to help you understand the pay equity claim process.

Recent changes to the Equal Pay Act

In July this year, Parliament passed the Equal Pay Amendment Act (EPAA), which introduces several new requirements for how pay equity claims are processed.

Find out more about the changes and how they may affect you.

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