Teacher aide pay equity claim

Information about the new rates, tiaki allowance and other settlement outcomes as well as the funding of the teacher aide pay equity claim.

On 27 May 2020, the Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa settled an historic pay equity claim for the 22,000 teacher aides who work in state and state integrated schools and kura in New Zealand.

The settlement redresses past undervaluation of the work mainly done by women and acknowledges the value of the skills, responsibilities and demands of teacher aides who are supporting children who need the most help with their learning.

Key documents Settlement outcomes 
Operational guidelines for schools  Pay equity rates
Quick steps to implementation [PDF, 190 KB]  Tiaki allowance
New Individual Employment Agreement (IEA) Professional Learning and Development (PLD)
Pay rate calculator Variation of hours 
Information for teacher aides  New Work Matrix
Teacher aide pay equity settlement agreement [PDF, 1.2 MB] Longer term work 

The operational guidelines for schools provide information about: 

  • what is covered under the settlement
  • how the settlement will be implemented
  • how and when schools will receive additional pay equity funding
  • how teacher aides will automatically translate to the new pay equity scale
  • the new Work Matrix, which describes the work done by teacher aides.

The teacher aide pay equity settlement 

The settlement is made up of new and fair pay rates and increases in the Tiaki allowance (formally dirty work allowance) to fully correct the sex-based undervaluation of remuneration identified during the investigation process.

Download quick steps to implementation fact sheet [PDF, 190 KB]

The pay equity rates will range from $21.20 to $34.68 and be effective from 12 February 2020. For the majority of teacher aides, this is an increase ranging from 19-30% on their pay rates in 2019.

NZEI Te Riu Roa members will automatically receive the new pay equity rates and backdated pay on 4 November.  Schools must offer the new IEA to non-members to ensure they are also paid in November. Schools need to have done this and notified Education Payroll by 18 September 2020.

What do schools need to do?

Next steps done automatically by Education Payroll

  • Move all eligible teacher aides to their new pay equity rate by a point to point translation. 
  • Teacher aides are paid new and fair pay rates on 4 November 2020, backdated to 12 February 2020.

In settling the pay equity claim, the Secretary for Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed on the pay rates for teacher aides that reflect pay equity. If these new rates are not offered, Boards of Trustees could be open to personal grievance claims laid against them on the basis of gender discrimination, or discrimination complaints under the Human Rights Act.

Changes to grades

The settlement does not require a review of all teacher aide roles and pay grades. Most teacher aides will be automatically translated to the correct point on the new work matrix under the translation rules agreed as part of the settlement.  There may be a small number of teacher aides who feel that their current grade doesn't reflect their role within the new work matrix. Find more information about changes to grades here.

What type of funding will schools receive?

We will calculate the additional pay equity funding by translating teacher aides from the old pay scale to the new pay equity pay scale. This is a ‘point to point’ translation following the translation rules of the settlement. Point to point means that teacher aides are transferred from their current point on the collective agreement scale to the equivalent point on the pay equity pay scale.

The additional pay equity funding amount will be calculated based on the difference between the pay equity rate and the non-teaching staff pay rate and multiplied by the total hours paid.

Schools will receive funding for this settlement at three points:

Out of cycle payment: 28 August

On 28 August 2020 schools received the first payment based on estimated 2019 data. It includes an estimate of funding needed for the settlement until the end of the 2020 school year.

This payment includes funds for the backdated pay equity pay rate increase (including holiday pay) and the new Tiaki allowance.

Interim wash-up 2020: 1 October 2020

In October, we will do an interim wash-up process using the available 2020 payroll data to re-estimate the required funding based on the teacher aides employed in the first six months of 2020, and the hours that they actually worked. This is to ensure that schools have sufficient funding to cover the costs when the payroll changes are implemented in November 2020.

If a school does not receive sufficient funding they will receive an additional payment as part of this process. If funding is overestimated, the school will not receive any additional funding.

Final wash-up 2020: 1 February 2021

We are unable to accurately calculate the total funding until the 2020 year is finished. In early 2021, we will do a calculation to confirm whether a school is entitled to additional funding above the estimated August 2020 payment and interim wash-up completed in October 2020.

If a school does not receive sufficient funding they will receive an additional payment as part of this process. If funding is overestimated, their funding for the following year will be reduced.

Support and further information

If you have any questions about the teacher aide pay equity claim settlement please email us at TeacherAide.PayEquity@education.govt.nz

For schools:

The Ministry contracts NZSTA to provide employment advice to schools including on employment agreements. Their Advisory and Support centre can be reached at eradvice@nzsta.org.nz or 0800 782 435 (press option 2)

For teacher aides:

If you need more information or would like to talk about your specific situation get in touch with your school or contact the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) on 0800 693 443. 

Further information about the settlement outcomes

Operational guidelines for school

Pay rate calculator

The new pay equity rates

Tiaki allowance

Variation of hours

Professional Learning and Development (PLD)

The Work Matrix

Longer term work

Information for teacher aides

Teacher Aide Pay Equity Claim Report 

[PDF, 3.8 MB]
Teacher aide pay equity settlement agreement [PDF, 1.2 MB]
[PDF, 3.8 MB]

Fact sheets

Quick steps to implementation [PDF, 190 KB] 

Pay equity and the teacher aide claim fact sheet [PDF, 400 KB]

New Work Matrix for teacher aides and pay equity rates fact sheet [PDF, 428 KB]

Tiaki allowance fact sheet [PDF, 307 KB]

Variation of hours fact sheet [PDF, 439 KB]

Professional Learning and Development (PLD) fact sheet [PDF, 364 KB]

Longer term work fact sheet  [PDF, 174 KB]


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