Science Technicians' Pay Equity Claim

Learn about the Science Technicians' Pay Equity Claim.

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  • Principals and tumuaki
  • Science technicians 
  • School boards

On 6 March 2023, we reached agreement with NZEI Te Riu Roa on a settlement of the pay equity claim for science technicians.

Following endorsement by the employees covered by the claim, the settlement will now see around 400 science technicians, mostly women, being valued and paid for the work they do in line with people working in male-dominated roles of equal value.

Science Technicians' Pay Equity Claim

What’s happening now

Covered employees in state and state-integrated schools and kura will receive their first payment at the new pay equity rates (including payment for the period from 23 November 2022) on 8 August 2023. This includes payment to people who finished on or after 1 June 2023 and those who left their job after 23 November 2022 and who have since started a new role at another school.

Payment to employees

Science technician staff will receive their first payment at the new pay equity rates on 8 August 2023. This will be back dated to the claim effective date which is 23 November 2022. This also includes payment to former employees who finished employment on or after 1 June 2023.

Former employees

Former employees who worked after 23 November 2022 and finished employment on or prior to 31 May 2023 will be paid directly once they have submitted their application and eligibility has been confirmed. Former employees who finished employment on or after 1 June 2023 do not need to do anything. They were paid on 8 August 2023 in the same way as current employees.

Information on how to complete the form and common questions about the payment are included on the form.

Form for former employees to request a pay equity payment(external link)

Non-Education Payroll (EdPay) schools

Former employees who worked in schools or kura who do not use EdPay will need to contact their school or kura. Schools and kura will be provided funding to cover these employees.

Implementing the settlement

We have released several guidance documents on the implementation of the claim. You can view these documents in the table below.

The guidance includes a roadmap, general information about the settlement, information on funding, pay rate translations, the work matrix, payroll, the parental payment and regrading.

We suggest reading the guidance documents in the order they are listed below.

Guidance on implementing the settlement
Librarians and Library Assistants', and Science Technicians' Pay Equity Roadmap [PDF, 472 KB]
Pay equity and the Science Technicians' Claim [PDF, 852 KB]
Settlement funding information(external link)
Pay Rate Translation Guide [PDF, 436 KB]
Work Matrix Guide [PDF, 383 KB]
Payroll Guide [PDF, 442 KB]
Regrading Guide [PDF, 469 KB]
Parental Payment Guide [PDF, 426 KB]


In late March 2023 we hosted webinars with NZSTA to outline the changes resulting from the settlement and provide additional support to schools and kura in understanding the settlement.

View a recording of the webinar(external link)

How we got here

Timeline of Science Technicians' Pay Equity Claim to date

Timeline of Science Technicians' Pay Equity Claim to date


Other documents
Settlement Agreement Settlement Agreement [PDF, 3 MB]
To see a summary of our research that identified sex-based undervaluation for this workforce, download and read the evidence report. Evidence Report [PDF, 1.5 MB]
View a copy of the notification letter and factsheet that was sent to employees at the beginning of the claim.

Notification letter [DOCX, 155 KB]

Factsheet [PDF, 801 KB]

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