ASMS

Working for better health care in New Zealand

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

  • Clause 12

Clause 12

12 SALARIES

12.1  Employees shall be entitled to an annual base salary rate drawn from one of the salary scales in Clauses 12.4(a) and 12.4(c), below. The rates in these scales are for full-time employees with an agreed job size of 40 ordinary hours a week.

12.2  Advancement through Salary Scales

(a)  The initial placement of an employee on the applicable salary scale shall be negotiated between the prospective employee and employer, in consultation with the clinical director (or equivalent) of the applicable service. To ensure maintenance of internal equity, placement of new employees shall take into account years of relevant experience and relevant qualifications, and align with the placement of the existing employed workforce with similar qualifications and experience.

(b)  Thereafter, advancement through the salary scales shall be annual, subject to satisfactory performance of the employee’s agreed duties and responsibilities.

(c)  If the employer begins to develop concerns that an employee’s performance may not justify advancement to the next step, those concerns must be raised with the employee in writing at the earliest practical opportunity before the due date of advancement to provide the employee with a reasonable opportunity to address them. An employee who is not notified of any such concerns before their due date shall be entitled to advance to the next step on their due date.

(d)  An employee who is declined salary advancement may seek a review of that decision by a review panel whose members shall be agreed between the employer and the Association.

(e)  Employees shall not be denied advancement if their failure to achieve satisfactory performance of agreed duties and responsibilities was due to factors beyond their control.

(f)  In exceptional circumstances, subject to the agreement of the Chief Executive and the Chief Medical Officer, a Medical or Dental Officer may be placed on the specialist scale.

12.3  An employee’s actual annual salary shall be calculated by multiplying their ordinary hourly rate (as defined in Clause 11 of this Agreement) by the number of hours in their agreed job size for a full year.  Provided that the method of calculating an employee’s actual annual salary (by using a system of “tenths” or “sessions”) as contained in the 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2006 collective agreement (refer Schedule 2 of that agreement) shall continue to apply to those employees for whom it is more advantageous until those employees’ job size is changed by mutual agreement, from which point the provision in Clause 12.3 for salary calculation shall apply.

12.4  Base Salary Scales

(a)  Medical and Dental Specialists (including principal dental officers)

Step Current 3 July 2017 5 March 2018 1 April 2019
15  240,000
14  230,000 233,500
13 216,500  219,000 223,500 227,500
12 208,000 212,000 216,500 221,000
11 201,000 205,000 209,000 213,500
10 196,000 200,000 204,000 208,000
9 191,000 194,820 198,716 202,691
8 186,000 189,720 193,514 197,385
7 181,000 184,620 188,312 192,079
6 176,000 179,520 183,110 186,773
5 171,000 174,420 177,908 181,467
4 166,000 169,320 172,706 176,161
3 161,000 164,220 167,504 170,854
2 156,000 159,120 162,302 165,548
1 152,000 155,040 158,141 161,304

(b)  All specialists who have been on Step 13 for 1 year or more as at 5 March 2018 will translate to the new Step 14 from that date. Further all specialists who have been on step 14 for one year or more on 1 April 2019 will translate to the new step 15 on 1 April 2019. Normal salary progression continues for all other specialists in accordance with Clause 12.2.

(c)  Medical and Dental Officers

Step Current 3 July 2017 5 March 2018 1 April 2019
14 186,261
13 177,706 181,261
12 166,000 169,320 172,706 176,161
11 159,250 162,435 165,684 168,997
10 154,500 157,590 160,742 163,957
9 150,000 153,000 156,060 159,181
8 145,250 148,155 151,118 154,140
7 140,750 143,565 146,436 149,365
6 136,000 138,720 141,494 144,324
5 131,500 134,130 136,813 139,549
4 126,750 129,285 131,871 134,508
3 122,250 124,695 127,189 129,733
2 118,250 120,615 123,027 125,488
1 114,250 116,535 118,866 121,243

(d)  All specialists who have been on Step 13 for 1 year or more as at 5 March 2018 will translate to the new Step 14 from that date. Further all specialists who have been on step 14 for one year or more on 1 April 2019 will translate to the new step 15 on 1 April 2019. Normal salary progression continues for all other specialists in accordance with Clause 12.2.

12.5  Absence due to Approved Unpaid Leave

(a)  Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this clause, an employee on approved parental leave under Clause 28 of this Agreement shall receive their annual salary advancement on the due date, when it falls during the period of leave.

(b)  Subject to meeting the threshold of satisfactory performance an employee is entitled to receive their annual salary advancement unless they have had more than six months of approved unpaid leave in the period under review.

(c)  Employees who have had more than six months approved unpaid leave shall be paid a pro rata lump sum payment on their advancement date subject to satisfactory performance in the period worked.

(d)  The pro rata payment will be calculated on the difference between their current salary step and the next step on the salary scale.

(e)  Notwithstanding this provision, however, subject to meeting the threshold of satisfactory performance, employees are entitled to receive their full annual salary advancement if their unpaid approved leave is for the purpose of gaining further experience or professional development relevant to their duties and responsibilities.