The PYM Recommended payscale has been recently updated for staff being employed due to the recent increase in the Living Wage.
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand adopted the Living wage at GA2012 as the minimum an employee should be paid. The Living wage is currently set at $23.65. This is the minimum amount any lay ministry staff member should be paid.
In addition to the current living wage, it is recommended churches take into account qualifications, experience, responsibility and their location when determining the pay.
It is hoped that the pay scale will encourage lay ministry workers to work longer for churches and to get better qualified.
This pay scale ranges from $23.65 per hour for an inexperienced, unqualified lay ministry worker in a rural setting to an annual salary of $76k for a lay ministry worker, who manages a team of youth workers in a large ministry context in a major city, is qualified and has over 9 years of paid experience.
It is recommended once employed, the lay ministry worker should be reviewed annually, with an increase in salary set on 1 July based on the Labour Cost Index to March, issued by the Department of Statistics.