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Ngā mihi to all who have participated to help get to this fantastic, historic outcome for community-based social work!

On 15 June 2023 it was confimed that Cabinet had taken the final step to confirm the social work pay equity claim settlement extension. This is a historic moment for our community-based social sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. It means that pay equity will now be experienced by people in community-based social work roles across our Iwi, kaupapa Māori, Pacific and NGO social services. Social Service Providers Te Pai Ora o Aotearoa has been closely involved in the extension process mahi, as the sector coordinator for the employers in the pay equity claim. 

The extension means:

  • The pay equity settlement last year with the five employers will now reach across our community-based social work roles
  • Over 5000 kaimahi are covered by the extension
  • On average, the extension will provide a 27% pay correction
  • Pay rates will be based on a new pay spine
  • The effective date for the new pay rates under the extension is 01 July 2023 (with backdating to this date)
  • Funding will be made available from funding agencies via variations to contracts
  • Employers are required to pass on the funding in full to employees covered under the extension
  • Funders are required to review the funding they provide in contracts to ensure employers can maintain the new pay equity rates for social work over time

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