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Pay equity settlements

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has pay equity settlements in place for vocational and disability care and support workers, and mental health and addiction support workers, who are employed by contracted MSD providers.

In July 2017, MSD and Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children agreed with unions to fund pay increases over five years, plus additional training, for around1700 contracted vocational and disability care and support workers. In 2018, this was extended, with the Ministry of Health, to encompass contracted mental health and addiction support workers, back dating to July 2017.

The settlement addresses pay equity disparities in line with what was achieved for care and support workers in the TerraNova pay equity agreement of April 2017. It aims to achieve a better paid, more stable and highly trained care and support workforce, leading to higher quality and more consistent care for clients.

MSD is funding providers through their contracts for workers’ pay increases. MSD also funds providers to provide more training for workers covered by the pay equity agreements.

For more information:

  • providers should contact their MSD contract manager.
  • employees should contact their employer in the first instance. For further questions or issues, employees can contact:
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