Staff Wages and Employee Benefits Guide 2020 - 2021

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Our wages guide can help you stay up to speed with average wage rates around the country and employee benefits that services provide as part of the total remuneration package.

It gives you access to information to research and compare average wages and see if you are paying enough, about right, or too much. You can check out what other employers are offering to their employees in the way of benefits, and what staff perceive to be benefits or not, to determine what you might or might not need to also offer.

This guide helps you to make informed remuneration decisions.

Below you will find:

1. Discussion of training and starting out wage rates.  Additionally, funding changes/ pressure on wage rates since the start of 2020

2. Average wage rates in the services of the big players (e.g. Provincial, Evolve, Kindercare, BestStart, Rainbow Group/PORSE, Barnardos).

 3. Average wage rates:

  • in all services that are not one of the big players
  • in private centres
  • in community-based centres
  • in private homebased
  • in community-based homebased

4. In different regions

5. For different teaching staff (e.g. relief teachers, unqualified teachers, in-training teachers, qualified primary but no practising certificate, qualified ECE but no practising certificate, centre manager or home-based manager (certificated), centre manager or home-based manager (not certificated), leader/manager in charge of more than one centre or home-based licence, etc..)

6. For qualified and certificated teachers who have a higher degree, and for qualified and certificated teachers from beginner to experienced teachers.

7. Wage rates competitive with kindergartens and schools for qualified and certificated teachers. Education and care centres already paying their teaching staff wages at pay parity rates and why they do this.

8. Employee benefits:

  • The most common benefits offered
  • The most unusual (and even whacky) benefits offered
  • Staff views on when is a benefit not really a benefit? And, the strings attached to ‘benefits’ that upset staff’

You may also be interested in an article on how, and when, to carry out pay reviews for your staff, tap here to go the reviewing staff pay rates article  

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