Pay Equity for School Administrators

We've reached a settlement! Register for the implementation webinar to learn about the next steps from here.

Where we're at - June 2022

The historic undervaluing of school administrators will be addressed with a settlement between NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education.

School administrators are set to receive a momentous pay increase, recognising the historical undervaluation of their work, should a proposed pay equity settlement be approved in a vote next month by employees covered by the claim.

The new equitable rates would deliver employees an average increase of approximately 22 percent. In real terms, under the proposed settlement, a school administrator currently earning $26.20 per hour would rise to $31.99.

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What's happening next?

  • We ran a series of webinars in the week 20th to 23rd of June to hear from the negotiation team and administration leaders about the settlement.
  • We will be running online Q&A sessions following these webinars, where you can hear answers to the most common questions.


  • The full proposed settlement agreement will be provided to you in the week commencing 7th June 2022.


  • The endorsement ballot will run from 24th of June 2022 to the 1st of July 2022.


Meet your negotiation team

“We’re all working so hard to make sure schools are safe for our communities.”

Pam Watson, Auckland Secondary School


“Pay equity is our best chance to make significant progress toward fair pay for the work we do. There has been increasing pressure on administrators in schools to keep things running smoothly in spite of COVID.”

Maria Kelsey

“We do what we do because we love our jobs and want to make a difference for our staff, students and our communities, all that we ask in return is to be paid fairly for the work we do.”

Jenny Crump, North Canterbury Area School

“Our pay equity process has given us clear evidence that administrators in schools are underpaid and these last two years has certainly highlighted this even more with the extra work we have had to do.”

Julie-Anne Roberts

Read the Evidence Report

We've identified comparator industries with similar roles and responsibilities to school administrators. This evidence form the basis of the claim on the principle that the same work deserves the same pay.

Learn more and read the full evidence report below:

This is a crucial time for the negotiation team and they need your support!

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