Pay equity

Pay equity means 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.

Teacher aide pay equity claim

In May 2020 the Ministry of Education settled the teacher aide pay equity claim that addresses the longstanding undervaluation for 22,000 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. 

In June 2020 the Ministry and NZEI Te Riu Roa have signed the terms of reference for the administration and clerical staff in schools, and Kaiārahi i te reo pay equity claims.

Teacher aides

Administration staff

Kaiārahi i te reo

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Teacher aides 

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Administration staff

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Kaiārahi i te reo 

Other claims include:

  • Ministry-employed support workers’ pay equity claim (settlement was reached in 2018)
  • Early childhood education teachers and educators employed in early childhood education and care (ECE) centres, and support staff employed in kindergartens (underway)

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

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