And their lowest paid colleagues
Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 44
Last week the State Services Commission announced the total remuneration for chief executives and vice-chancellors at public tertiary education institutions.
- Prof Stuart McCutcheon earned at least $660,000. That is 25 times more than one of his lowest paid colleagues at the University of Auckland; a computer systems assistant on a starting rate of about $26,000.
- Hon Steve Maharey earned at least $540,000, and one of his lowest paid colleagues at Massey University, a graduate assistant earns $28,104.
- Prof Harlene Hayne earned at least $540,000, and one of her lowest paid colleagues at the University of Otago, a domestic kitchen assistant at a residential college has a starting rate of $15.40 an hour. Otago is currently negotiating a new collective agreement for its staff.
- Dr Rod Carr earned at least $530,000, and one of his lowest paid colleagues at the University of Canterbury, a step one cleaner, earned $15.63 an hour.
- Derek McCormack earned at least $470,000, and one of his lowest paid colleagues at the Auckland University of Technology, a barista at the highest point of their salary scale, would earn $34,246 – about $2,500 less than the Living Wage.
- Prof Roy Crawford earned at least $450,000. All four steps for a level 1 general staff colleague at the University of Waikato are below the Living Wage – with the highest of those steps being less than $36,000.
- Prof Pat Walsh earned at least $400,000 (for eight months), and one of his lowest paid colleagues at the Victoria University of Wellington, a book shelver would earn the minimum wage of $14.25 an hour.
- Dr Andy West earned at least $400,000, and one of his lower paid colleagues at Lincoln University, a garden labourer, has a starting rate of $30,750
- Dr Rick Ede earned at least $390,000, and one of his lower paid colleagues at Unitec a tutorial assistant has a starting rate of $32,644. That person would need to progress to step 4 on their scale before earning the Living Wage.
- Mark Flowers earned at least $380,000, and one of his lowest paid colleagues at Waikato Institute of Technology a tutorial assistant has a starting rate of $32,371. That person would need to progress to step 4 on their scale before earning the Living Wage.
The Living Wage, the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life, is $18.80 per hour (or about $37,000 for a 37.5 hour a week job). A living wage enables workers to live with dignity and to participate as active citizens in society.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- Ten most popular stories of 2014
- Ten branches that recruited the most new TEU members
- Ten Te Kaupapa Whaioranga wishes for the New Year
- Ten of our favourite photos of TEU members from 2014
- Time to confront the tyranny of surveys
“The Budget Policy Statement confirms that allowances for Budget 2015 and Budget 2016 have each been reduced by $500 million to $1 billion.” – Finance minister Bill English confirms tight times ahead for public tertiary education.
PTE advocate Feroz Ali has a ‘more objective perspective’ on contestable funding than TEU – Education Directions
The University of Canterbury can claim $550 million to cover the damage wrought by the series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 after reaching an agreement with its insurers – New Zealand Herald
The Education Amendment Bill (No 2) did not complete its third reading last week, and will now probably pass into law early in 2015 – Parliament
More than half of British university staff say recent policy changes have caused an increase in bullying – and that institutions are not doing enough to tackle the issue – The Guardian