People and employment

This directory page connects you to information about being employed in a school. This includes employment agreements, and details about pay, leave and personal development.

Further reading is essential as there is mandatory action involved. Employment agreements should be referenced for further details.

The employment information linked to on this page may also help you to decide if you would like to begin, or continue, a career in schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

See more through the link below.

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).

Pay, leave and personal development

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

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