Recruitment, Retention and Responsibility Payment

A recruitment, retention and responsibility payment is a payment - from your bulk grant - to a teacher who has extra responsibilities, or to improve teacher recruitment or retention.


Payment is not part of Area or Secondary Teacher Collectives

Secondary and area school boards can choose to pay these payments to their teachers.

What effect does it have on a Teacher's income?

A recruitment, retention and responsibility payment:

  • Is paid fortnightly with the teacher's base salary.
  • Is not the same as a salary unit.
  • Does not affect normal salary progression.
  • Does not allow a teacher to progress past their qualification group's maximum salary step.
  • Is not payable as a bonus.
  • Is divisible by two with both parts being allocated.
  • Is not pro-rated for part-time staff.
  • For primary teachers is to be paid at the rate in the Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement.

When the following conditions are met boards can allocate without Ministry approval

  • Boards must consult with teaching staff about school priorities before they allocate payments.
  • There is no limit to the number of recruitment, retention and responsibility payments, but as payments are ongoing liabilities for the board they must be affordable from bulk grant.
  • A board is responsible for the Government Superannuation Fund employer subsidy, if it allocates a recruitment, retention and responsibility payment permanently or for 24 months or more.

How to withdraw a payment

A board may withdraw payment if it gives:

  • Two-months' notice to a secondary or area teacher.
  • Two-terms' notice to a primary teacher.