The SWRB welcomes recent announcements that the Government is taking action to address the long-standing pay gap for community-based social workers.
Today, Ministers announced their decision to extend pay equity to social workers of other iwi and community-based social service providers. This follows on from agreement in October to settle the pay equity claim for five NGO social worker employers.
We see this as a significant step forward for the social work profession. It is recognition of the huge value and contribution that registered social workers bring to working with rangitahi, whānau and communities.
As part of the implementation of the decision, the SWRB, with the support of the MSD and Te Kāhui Kāhu, will scope and identify public safety considerations for those undertaking work that is substantially similar to social work.
The SWRB looks forward to working with the Te Kawa Mataaho and other agencies to support the work ahead as the settlement progresses.