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Pay Equity process

After receiving a claim (usually from a union on behalf of its members), we assess it guided by the Pay Equity Principles, which have been incorporated into the Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020

A principles process diagram shows the steps involved in pay equity bargaining and the principles that are at play when working through the process. It outlines the process starting with raising a claim, assessing the claim through to pay equity negotiations and settlement. It is also possible for the parties to be flexible and carry out steps in parallel or in a different order.

Pay Equity Principles Process


Raising a claim

More information around raising a claim can be found on the Te Kawa Mataaho website.

Assessing a claim

This includes identifying potential* comparators; a thorough assessment of the skills, responsibilities, conditions of work and degrees of effort of the work done by both the claimant and comparators; comparing the work and remuneration of the claimant and comparators, compiling the work and remuneration assessment and comparison, and drawing conclusions on undervaluation.

* note - all comparators are potential, until the assessment and analysis process has proved otherwise.

Pay Equity Claimant and Comparator – Process Guide  (535 KB) 


Settling a claim

The outcome of any settlement, including new pay rates, cannot be determined until a claim has been fully assessed. This could take some time to progress, as the parties involved work together to ensure a thorough examination of all the evidence gathered.

More information and useful resources can be found here:

 Te Kawa Mataaho

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 


Last updated: 21/10/21