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Changes to School Support Staff pay scale

Automatic Changes to School Support Staff pay scale

On 29 June 2015, a new pay-scale will be introduced to the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement (SSSCA).  The new scale will contain four new grades for all support staff employees. It replaces the two current Associate and Administrative pay scales. 

The new pay scale is included as part of a number of changes being introduced. These changes are designed to allow for better and more transparent career pathways and will be simpler for employers.

The changes will only occur for those employed under the terms and conditions of the current SSSCA.

The translation to the new pay scale will be processed through Novopay automatically (those not on the Novopay system will need to undertake their separate action) so on 27 June 2015 it is not necessary for support staff employees or employers to take any direct action other than monitoring their pay slip or SUE report.

To help you understand the automatic translation process, NZEI Te Riu Roa, the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand School Trustees' Association (NZSTA) have developed two resources for schools to use to clarify exactly where support staff employees will move to on 27 June 2015:

  1. colour-coded representation of the current and new pay scales with an exercise for employees to go through to understand which grade and step they will move to.
  2. A 'point-to-point' resource which shows payroll administrators and staff precisely which step a support staff employee will move to.

This automatic translation process was agreed on 6 June 2014 as part of the settlement of the SSSCA. This is a direct point to point process, and you will note that the majority of employees will either not receive a pay increase, or will only receive a pay increase of $0.01-$0.03 per hour, on translation. As this is an automatic process, translation to the new scale will have no impact on the new grading system currently being developed. 

Support staff currently in Grades B and C will have a one-off opportunity to raise any concerns they may have about their automatic placement on the new scale. Please note that more information about both the new grading system and this one-off process will be circulated to schools closer to term 2.

If you have any questions, please contact NZSTA at 0800 782 435 (option 3).

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