Where do PSA members work?
Over 75, 000 people are members of the PSA. Around a third work in Auckland, a third in the Wellington region and a third around the rest of the country. They work for: DHBs in admin, allied and technical professions; Public Service departments; other State services – crown entities, SOEs etc; for local councils; and in community public services – contracted providers (disability, health and social services).
Who can use the tool?
This tool is thanks to members and for members. You need a MyPSA login to use the tool. While we will make information explaining the tool public, the data itself is intended to be used by members. If you don’t yet have a MyPSA login, you can register for this from the MyPSA link on the front page of the PSA website. You just need your PSA member number. You’ll find this in the subject line of the last monthly PSA News newsletter emailed to you from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where did the pay information come from?
A September 2019 pay survey of PSA members. 27, 000 PSA members shared their pay information and we have used this to build the tool. We plan to run future pay surveys to keep the information current and make it even more useful.
Why isn’t my job there?
The work our members do is varied. Official job titles often don’t describe the work that the jobholder does, so we’ve used the Australian and New Zealand standard classification of occupations (ANZSCO) system. We have adapted some of the descriptions to be as functionally descriptive as possible. We’ve tried to strike a balance between providing enough detail while reducing the overlap between occupations. If you enter your job title in the search function you will see the occupations that are most frequently associated with the given job title.
How come it’s showing “0” for my ethnicity/location/occupation?
It’s because we didn’t have enough data for that to display it with accuracy. We’ve used StatsNZ standards to decide when we have enough data to display for each particular item. Next time we run the pay survey that feeds this tool please encourage your colleagues to do it so that we have even more data next time round and can show more.
How will this tool help promote pay transparency?
This tool allows members to see and compare the salaries for different occupations. It also allows members to see what the median salary is for different variables including gender, age, ethnicity, region and length of service.
Why is pay transparency important?
Having information available about pay helps people make decisions about what jobs to do, what career moves to make. It let’s you know whether or nor you are being paid fairly and uncovers unlawful pay discrimination. The PSA supports the Human Rights’ Commission’s campaign for pay transparency. https://www.demandpaytransparency.org.nz/end-pay-secrecy
How can the tool be used by employers?
Only PSA members can access the tool. If we had genuine pay transparency, leaders and HR professionals would also benefit. It would support better workforce planning, make clear career pathways and shine a light on systemic problems. Organisations can then make more informed decisions about equal pay, bargaining and workforce strategies.
What is the median?
Median salary is the point where 50% of the responses are below and 50% of the responses are above. At its most basic, it’s what most people are paid. It is common to report the median when discussing salaries as it’s less affected by very high or very low values.
What is Full Time Equivalent Salary?
Full time equivalent salary is the annual salary that someone would receive if they were working 40 hours a week. In some organisations full time may refer to someone working less than 40 hours ie; 37.5 hours. In this case, someone on an annual salary of 50K working 37.5 hours per week is paid a slightly higher hourly rate than someone on the same pay working 40 hours a week. Using 40 hours as a consistent basis means we can better compare salary rates.
Where can I get other pay information?
You can ask your employer for information about pay for your role or in your organisation but they have no obligation to share it. Pay rates for public and community sector jobs are not publicly available in New Zealand. Employers provide this information to private salary survey companies and then buy pay rate and movement reports based on this information. This information is not available to individuals or to the unions negotiating their pay.
Can the PSA use the MyPay when its negotiating pay in my organisation?
We can use the data in behind this tool but the data displayed in the tool is not detailed enough for this purpose. It can though help us identify key issues and know which questions to ask. In preparing to negotiate pay on behalf of its members in an organisation, your PSA advocate can request detailed pay information from that employer. This is the level of pay information needed for collective bargaining.
Can I request further customised information from the pay tool?
We don’t have the capacity to provide this. There is a lot of information available in the tool and we’d encourage you to take a look at the advanced view function.
How can I take action to improve my pay and that of others?
• As you are already a member of the PSA that is a great start!
• Encouraging others to join will also help – this tool is a great example of what we can do when we act together. Share information from this tool with a colleague and ask them to join https://www.psa.org.nz/join-the-psa/sign-up
• Sign up to become an Equal pay advocate https://www.psa.org.nz/media/campaigns/equal-pay/
• Become a PSA delegate – put yourself forward next time there’s an election in your workplace
• Contact your PSA delegate to get involved with bargaining and other PSA activity
• Check out the Human Rights Commission’s Demand Transparency campaign https://www.demandpaytransparency.org.nz/
• Take the data into your next pay discussion with your manager
• Use it to make decisions about which job to move to next.