Term - Expires 31 July 2020
Lump sum payment - $2,000 to be paid on ratification (pro-rated for part-time and casuals)
4 June 2018 – 3% on all scales
6 August 2018 – 3% on all scales
5 August 2019 – 3% on all scales
Removal of salary step SN1 from the senior nurse and midwife salary scale and a further 1% added to the SN2 to SN8 Senior Nurse wage rates from 4 June 2018
RN/M6 - $72,944 introduced 3 December 2018
RN/M7 - $77,386 introduced 2 December 2019
(RN/Ms with over 12 months on RN5 to progress on these dates)
Enrolled Nurses Professional Development Recognition Programme
Increase proficient from $2,500 to $3,000, and accomplished from $4,000 to $4,500 at 4 June 2018
Increase from $4.04 to $8.00 (and $6.06 to $10.00 for public holidays) from 4 June 2018
Nursing staffing improvements
$750k additional investment in the SSHW Unit to support fast-tracked CCDM Implementation
An immediate 2% investment in additional nursing staff ($38M)
An additional 2 FTE per 600 nursing FTE for CCDM implementation within DHBs ($10M)
Historic pay movements
The DHBs delivered a significant pay increase of 20% or more to nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives in 2004-2006. This was referred to as a ‘pay jolt’, and was described as a ‘move towards pay equity’ for DHB nurses and midwives.
DHBs and NZNO both accepted that the 2004 settlement and the following one in 2007 delivered significant gains for nurses, and resulted in pay rates for DHB nurses that were reasonable when compared with other health professionals with degree qualifications, and with other professionals outside the health sector. Comparisons were made at the time between the remuneration of nurses, teachers and police officers.
Since that time, nurses have received comparable pay increases to police and teachers, and these increases have been ahead of cost of living increases.
OECD data shows that nurses are paid 14% above the national average wage. In New Zealand nurses are paid 24% above the national average wage. New Zealand is ranked 5th out of the 30 OECD countries covered. It is higher than Australia, where nurses are paid 16% above the national wage.
Nursing workforce at a glance