logo

ChildForum Early Childhood Education Nationwide Network
Promoting quality, valuing knowledge, advancing thinking and working together for the benefit of children, services and the sector

Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitteryoutube

Member Login

Member space

 

Ask for the pay rise you deserve now before teachers are brought in from overseas

Right at this very moment there are some employers complaining that there are not enough qualified teachers prepared to work for them. 

The labour shortage in the NZ economy adds strength to the bargaining power of early childhood teachers since there are many higher paying jobs in other sectors, from cafe work and cleaning to primary school teaching, that a teacher could easily move into.

Ask your boss for a pay rise and you are likely to be surprised as an employer would be a fool not to offer more to make you stay.

If you are not being paid what you deserve and the employer only offers a minimum wage then "walk away," says Dr Sarah Alexander of ChildForum. 

“If you are being bullied or your workplace is causing you to experience mental health or physical injuries – walk away.

“To make it better for yourself you must be prepared to walk away.

"Don't rely on the union or on the government - they will make promises, say what they are doing, and because you are a nice person they will expect you to keep waiting and waiting. If you rely on the government or the union to change it for you then you are relying on the politics of the moment.

“Your boss might say ‘times are tough - I can’t pay you more’.  But an employer’s job is to suppress your wage expectations.”   

The job of the boss is to pay the lowest that an employee is willing to accept.

 

What do you think about early childhood teacher pay rates and conditions of work? 
Add comments below. ↓

Dr Alexander suggests that walking away to look for something better will be hard for any teacher to do “because we are kind and caring people.”

But she argues that employers can take advantage of this kindness and teachers' willingness to sacrifice the income they deserve.

“As professionals it is not for us to sacrifice our income for the benefit of parents or the profits of employers. The work of an early childhood teacher is not an extension of mothering.  It is professional work.”  

An early childhood teacher shortage is now emerging as a consequence of several years of non-response by the Government and employer groups to bullying, stress, work-load and injury concerns that ChildForum has uncovered in teacher surveys.

The actions of some employers in their treatment of staff have negatively impacted on the reputation of the early childhood sector as a desirable sector to work in. 

Employers who have treated their employees badly are starting to realise the importance of holding onto their current teaching staff or risk losing staff to their competition and being forced to employ relievers who are more expensive.

Teachers are turning to relieving work, because the hourly pay is usually better and there is less stress, no work to take home, and they don't have to put up with workplace politics.

 

Further reading

Information on teacher pay rates, wages and conditions of work 

Tips for recruiting and retaining teachers at your service when their is a shortage of labour across the NZ economy

On the issue of migrants replacing NZ ECE teachers - A recipe for the disaster (Early Childhood Council)

 

Free E-Newsletter

Receive the free Early Childhood Alert.

captcha 

We hate spam as much as you, we will not sell your contact details to anyone.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

Don’t miss out any longer, click the button below to join ChildForum

Testimonials

  • Preschool Leader

    Having heard a colleague talk about how useful she had found their material I joined. ChildForum's replies to my queries are prompt, extremely informative & with a genuine personal touch. I am impressed by the commitment to research & courage in tackling the hard issues like the risks of poor quality care for under 2s
    Val Morrison (Small is Beautiful)
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Join Us!

child-with-binoculars-small

 

Subscribe now for information you can trust, expert advice and research, as well as access to quality resources

We are confident you will be delighted to discover and experience the benefits of membership - so join now and make this message for non-members disappear from your screen. 

Membership Options

Individual
Member

Who is this for?
Any person who has an interest in early childhood education and care or who works directly with children.

$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
$60.00 6 months student-only

The membership belongs to you, and you only. Enjoy your own personal username and password.

ECE Service Organisation
Member

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... established or newly licensed. Gives access to professional & research materials enjoyed by individual members PLUS service operation and management area. 

$198.00 12 months for a standalone licensed service
Special rates for organisations with more than 1 licence

The membership belongs to your whole organisation, team members and managers.

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have online access to the NZ-Int Research in ECE journal (includes all past and current issues) 

$125.00 annual subscription, renewable in November each year

A username and password for your library users linked to your IP address.