Education Payroll – Rārangi Utu ā-Mātauranga is a core part of New Zealand’s education sector. We deliver an accurate, timely and secure payroll service to state schools on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
We pay around 99,000 teachers and support staff in around 2,500 schools every fortnight – that’s approximately $214 million per pay period and $5.6 billion per annum.
The schools’ payroll is complex, with many unique requirements and ongoing daily calculations. Our aim is to make payroll tasks easier for school administrators, and to provide assurance for teachers that their pay will be correct and on time every payday.
Our te reo Māori name
In late 2017 we worked with the Māori Language Commission and the Ministry of Education on a te reo Māori name for Education Payroll Rārangi Utu ā-Mātauranga.
Rārangi is commonly used for listings or ranking of related things. This picks up the idea of roll, as in payroll.
Utu means any sort of payment or adjustment to make things right and balanced. It is a positive word that is always used for wages or salary. (Utu is sometimes used in English to mean ‘revenge’.)
Mātauranga is the word for education and the knowledge that results from it.
Education Payroll establishment date
In 2014 the Government transferred ownership and management of the schools’ payroll service from Talent2 to a new government-owned company. A transition programme was put in place to establish the new company, and on 17 October 2014 the service was transitioned to Education Payroll Limited.