4.1 Salary Scales

4.1 Salary Scales

This collective agreement provides a base scale for trained teachers and for untrained teachers.

4.1.1 Base Salary Scale – Trained Teachers

This base salary scale applies to all certificated teachers (including Provisionally Certificated and Subject To Confirmation categories but not Limited Authority to Teach) by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as they are considered, for the purposes of this clause, to be trained and qualified as teachers to teach in NZ.

Unified Base Salary Scale for Trained Teachers:

StepQualification Group NotationsRates effective 4 September 2017Rates effective 1 July 2019StepQualification Group NotationsRates effective 1 July 2020Rates effective 1 July 2021
1 G1E, G2E, G3E $47,000 $48,410 1 G1E, G2E, G3E $49,862 $51,358
2   $49,000 $50,470 2   $51,984 $53,544
3 G3+E $51,200 $52,736 3 G3+E $54,318 $55,948
4 G4E $53,200 $54,796 4 G4E $56,440 $58,133
5 G5E $56,550 $58,247 5 G5E $59,994 $61,794
6 G1M $60,500 $62,000 6   $63,860 $65,776
7 G2M $64,800 $66,100 7   $68,000 $70,040
8   $69,400 $71,000 8   $73,000 $75,190
9 G3M $73,650 $75,200 9   $77,100 $79,413
10 G3+M, G4M, G5M $78,000 $80,500 10 G1M, G2M, G3M $83,000 $85,490
        11 G3+M, G4M, G5M $87,000 $90,000

4.1.2 Salary Qualification Groups

The ‘G’ notations in this collective agreement recognise that the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications provides the appropriate framework for determining the linkage between the qualification and the salary.

From 1 July 2019 the Qualification Group Notations entry points (E) and base scale maximum points (M) listed on the unified base salary scale for trained teachers for each qualification group are defined below:

G1, G2 and G3 for teachers who hold a current practicing certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand but no subject or specialist qualification at level 7 or above on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA.

G3+ for teachers who hold a current practicing certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and:

  • a subject or specialist level 7 qualification on the NZQF (i.e. not an initial teacher education qualification) which can be a Diploma (excluding a National Diploma), Graduate Diploma or Degree; or
  • an honours degree of teaching; or
  • equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA or an overseas qualification where NZQA has determined that the qualification has level 7 (graduate) study in a subject or specialist area(s) i.e. any area of study that is not initial teacher education.

G4 for teachers who hold a current practicing certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and:

  • a subject or specialist level 8 qualification on the NZQF which can be an honours degree or a Post Graduate Diploma; or
  • two subject or specialist level 7 qualifications on the NZQF (as listed above); or
  • a masters degree of teaching; or
  • equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA.

G5 for teachers who hold a current practicing certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and:

  • a subject or specialist level 9 qualification on the NZQF - masters or doctorate
  • equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA.

4.1.3 Base Scale – Untrained Teachers

This scale shall apply to teachers who are employed with a Limited Authority to Teach.

StepQualification
Group Notations
Rates effective
4 September 2017
StepQualification
Group Notations
Rates effective
1 July 2019
Rates effective
1 July 2020
Rates effective
1 July 2021
U1 G1E $32,600 1 G1E, G2E, G3E $40,891 $42,118 $43,381
U2 G2E $34,000 1 G1E, G2E, G3E $40,891  $42,118  $43,381 
U3   $36,500 1 1G1E, G2E, G3E $40,891  $42,118  $43,381 
U4 G3E $39,700 1 G1E, G2E, G3E $40,891  $42,118  $43,381 
U5   $43,500   $44,805 $46,149 $47,534
U6 G4E $48,200 3 G4E $49,646 $51,135 $52,669
U7 G5E $49,500 4 G5E $50,985 $52,515 $54,090
U8   $51,500   $53,045 $54,636 $56,275
U9   $54,500   $56,135 $57,819 $59,554
U10 G1M $58,800 7 G1M $60,564 $62,381 $64,252
U11 G2M $63,100 8 G2M $64,993 $66,943 $68,951
U12   $68,500   $70,555 $72,682 $74,852
U13 G3M, G4M, G5M $71,000 10 G3M, G4M, G5M $73,130 $75,324 $77,584

4.1.4 From 1 July 2019 untrained teachers who lack a subject/specialist qualification will commence on step one on the untrained scale and can progress after completing one year on step one to step two.

4.1.5 From 1 July 2019 for untrained teachers who hold a subject/specialist qualification, the Qualification Group Notations entry points (E) and base scale maximum points (M) listed on the base salary scale for untrained teachers for each qualification group listed below, will apply:

  1. G1 for teachers who hold a level 5 qualification on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
  2. G2 for teachers who hold a level 6 qualification on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
  3. G3 for teachers who hold a level 7 qualification on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
  4. G4 for teachers who hold a level 8 qualification or two level 7 qualifications on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA
  5. G5 for teachers who hold a level 9 or higher qualification on the NZQF or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the NZQA

Note 1: The Qualifications Chart (MoE Circular 1999/11) and subsequent lists that were compiled through the qualifications verification process undertaken by the PPTA and the Ministry of Education will continue to be used to inform judgments about qualifications unable to be allocated a level by reference to the Register of Quality Assured Qualifications.

Note 2: Quality Assurance Processes

  • The New Zealand Qualifications Authority registers New Zealand qualifications at levels on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and assesses overseas qualifications against the Framework.
  • The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand approves and monitors teacher education courses that lead to teacher registration.
  • Secondary teacher education providers of approved courses limit entry into their courses to those with Level 7 qualifications that support the teaching of the New Zealand secondary curriculum in years 7-13.
  • Teacher education providers graduate only those who meet the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Graduating Standards: Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Ministry of Education verifies the level(s) of qualification(s) for pay purposes using information from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and teacher education providers.

Note 3: Issues Committee
A committee, called the Issues Committee, made up of representatives of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand School Trustees Association and the Post Primary Teachers Association will meet from time to time, upon request of any of the named organisations, to consider and resolve any outstanding or new issues about teachers’ qualifications in relation to salary. These may be either individual cases or more general qualification or teaching qualification issues.

  • In the first instance the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand or the New Zealand Qualifications Authority respectively make decisions about teacher education requirements and qualifications;
  • Where a matter remains unresolved, the Committee will be convened to seek to resolve the matter;
  • Where the Committee is unable to resolve the issue, the Secretary for Education may exercise discretion to determine an appropriate placement or progression on the salary scale.

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