The Ministry of Education has released information confirming an agreement has been reached with NZEI Te Riu Roa to resolve an equal pay claim for school administration support staff.
The 11,000 school administrative support workers, mostly women, will receive a new wage increase of between $22.75 and $55.62 an hour, effective August 20, 2021, after the first round of funding is delivered to schools through an operating grant in October this year.
Administrative support staff who return to work within six months of taking parental leave will also receive a lump sum equal to six weeks’ pay, and a new graded job matrix has been developed to better assess the level of pay an administrative support staff member should have. on.
Schools and Kura need immediate action
According to the ministry, schools must take a number of actions in Term 3 to ensure their staff have up-to-date job descriptions, salary information and where to place new staff on the newly introduced job matrix.
There are also new job offer letter templates for schools to use, and a procedure for allocating job advertisements based on a new job matrix.
All the required actions and more are listed in the documents provided by the Ministry, which are available using the link below, and the Ministry has given a timeline for when resources will be available to help schools and Kuros implement the new roadmap.
As such, a full overview of what is required of schools and Kuras going forward is available on the Ministry of Education website here: https://www.education.govt.nz/school/people-and-employment/pay-capital/administration/
According to the ministry, after the school holidays, NZEI Te Riu Roa, the ministry and NZSTA will publish guidance to help schools and kura deal with the changes arising from this settlement:
“The manual contains information on current funding by the Ministry, new job matrix, pay rate translation and regrading information” and “will be published on this page From the beginning of the third term and up to this time, no action is required from schools and kura.
A series of webinars with NZSTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa will also be available in Term 3 to walk schools and kura through the changes and steps to implement the decision.
The settlement also includes a commitment to improve professional learning and development and funding systems for school administrators.
Administrators do essential work in schools, they are the face of the school to parents, they provide support at all levels, and they are the glue that holds the school together. This claim includes administrative work in finance, human resources and the front office, as well as chief executive assistants, board secretaries and co-ordinators, including sports, home recreation and gatekeeping.
South Auckland school administrator and pay negotiation team member Julie-Anne Roberts was pleased that people now entering the profession know the work they put in is valued.
“School administrators are constantly going above and beyond, and that’s even more so since the pandemic started. We work together with our community, engage with students, parents and staff and make unique solutions for our school. Many of us only work part-time or part-time,” says Ms Roberts.
NZEI Te Riu Roa national president Liam Rutherford says it is life-changing for 11,000 school administrators in Aotearoa and has only been achieved because union members stood up and kept demanding.
“The evidence uncovered during the investigation was stark but confirmed what we already knew – the work of school administrators had been undervalued for a long time because it was a female-dominated workforce,” says Mr Rutherford.
“The equity process of compensation is fundamental to establishing this right. The school administration has been waiting for this moment for a long time. This is another step towards ensuring that all women in the education sector are paid fairly for what they do.”
New rates of pay, job matrix: what schools and councils need to do in term three for admin support staff – SchoolNews
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