Wages and Salaries Survey 2022

The Wages and Salaries Survey 2022 has now closed. ECC collected responses from 549 employers with data for 6,279 staff across all roles in the early learning sector. We were able to gain invaluable insights including:

  • who our teachers are and what they're being paid
  • how centres are managing wages with different funding options
  • feedback from managers, on what works for their centre across the full spectrum of what their top challenges are and present them  

We also performed our own independent analysis of wages and current funding conditions, reviewing one of our most frequently queried issues last year  - Pay Parity.

The report is the most comprehensive wages and salaries report on the market at the moment and we hope you find it useful for your organisation.

Available now are the Summary Report and the Full Report.

We would like to thank all the participants of the survey, your contributions have helped both ECC and the sector gain invaluable insights into the conditions of the early learning sector and the effects of the current funding systems.

About the Wages and Salaries Survey

The Early Childhood Council (ECC) is committed to promoting high quality ECE in New Zealand. This begins with ensuring all our staff are being paid fairly and reasonable for the important work they do. Part of our approach is our annual survey which is sent out to Education and Care services, this excludes Kindergartens, Kohanga Reo, Playcentre and home based centres. 

Purpose of the Survey

The survey has been designed to help us better understand how ECE staff are being paid and to better help employers and employees understand which wages are fair and reasonable. The survey will compare the different wages and salaries of our ECE staff across different roles, based on region, qualifications and experience. It has been designed to provide a comprehensive outlook on how centres compare to others.

Privacy and Security

This survey does not identify private individual information for any children or staff at your service. We recognise the service-level data may be commercially sensitive. We commit to safeguarding your information and emphasise that it will be anonymised through the collection and all data . The data collected will only be used for the purpose described above. ECC’s analysis will be the intellectual property of ECC.

Survey Results

A summary report of the results of this survey will be made available for all participants and a full report will be available for purchase. Participants will also be entitled to a 30% discount off the full price of the report. No individual service will be made identifiable within the reports.

For any questions on the Wages and Salaries Survey and its reports, please contact Nicole (nicole.vairo@ecc.org.nz).

ECC has partnered with 1Place Childcare to run this survey. 

They are a digital platform replacing paper-based checklists and incident forms with mobile tools to help meet compliance, quality and health and safety obligations.