Lower Pay is Still Lower Pay Even if it’s Called “Pay Parity”

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The Table below shows the salary attestation pay rates to take effect from1 January 2023 as a result of Budget 2022. For easy comparison, alongside these rates we have placed the pay parity kindergarten teacher rates.

Pay parity will be ensured only for teachers up to pay step 6, in those centres that agree to attest to paying all their qualified and certificated ECE qualified and primary school qualified teachers at least at the specified rates shown in the table below.

Note that the Primary Teachers Collective Agreement (PTCA) expires on 30 June 2022. Any change to the base salary scale for primary teachers, will no doubt be reflected the new KTCA which expires on 11 July 2022 to ensure teachers in kindergarten association continue to have pay parity with school teachers. So, the difference between kindergarten and non-kindergarten ECE teachers is likely to be greater in 2023 than shown in the Table below. We will update this Table when the new KTCA is settled and we see what the new KTCA pay rates are.  

StepsQualification levelKindergarten Association teachers Now (may increase when new pay rates ratified in June 2022Non-kindergarten centre teachers’ salary attestation rates for “extended parity funding” from 1 Jan 2023% Difference
1Entry P1 Diploma, P2, P3 $24.69 hour
$51,358 salary
$24.69 hour
$51,358 salary
0%
2 $25.74 hour
$53,544 salary
$25.74 hour
$53,544 salary
0%
3Entry for P3+ qual$26.90 hour
$55,948 salary
$26.90 hour
$55,948 salary
0%
4Entry for P4$27.95 hour
$58,133 salary
$27.95 hour
$58,133 salary
0%
5Entry for P5$29.71 hour
$61,794 salary
$29.71 hour
$61,794 salary
0%
6$31.62 hour
$65,776 salary
$31.62 hour
$65,776 salary
0%
7 $33.67 hour
$70,040 salary
$32.74 hour
$68,103 salary
2.8% less
8 $36.15 hour
$75,190 salary
$33.86 hour
$70,431 salary
6.3% less
9$38.18 hour
$79,413 salary
$34.98 hour
$72,758 salary
8.4% less
10Maximum P1, P2, P3$41.10 hour
$85,490 salary
$36.17 hour
$75,230 salary
12.0% less
11Maximum P3+, P4, P5$43.27 hour
$90,000 salary
$38.18 hour
$79,413 salary
11.8% less
Centre Manager/Person Responsible K2 $45.28 hour
$94,175 salary
$38.18 hour
$79,413
15.7% less
Senior professional manager teacher K3 $47.75 hour
$99,327 salary
$38.18 hour
$79,413 salary
20.1% less
Senior professional manager K4 in charge of K3 and K2 Managers $51.81 hour
$107,770 salary
$38.18 hour
$79,413 salary
26.3% less

P1, P2 and P3 for teachers who hold a current practising 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 teaching qualifications recognised by the NZQA.

This group includes teachers who have obtained their practising certificate via the Teaching Council’s discretionary pathway process, provided they have received an ECE or Primary endorsement from the Council.

P3+ for teachers who hold a current practising 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 assessed by the NZQA or an overseas qualification where NZQA has assessed 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.

P4 for teachers who hold a current practising 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 assessed by the NZQA.

P5 for teachers who hold a current practising certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and:

  • a subject or specialist level 9 qualification on the NZQF – masters or doctorate; or
  • equivalent overseas qualifications assessed by the NZQA.

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