Minimum Wage – New Zealand

  • Minimum wage with effect from Apr 01, 2018 till Mar 31, 2019
  • The amounts are in New Zealand Dollar.

Per Hour Per Day Per Week
National Minimum Wage 16.50 126.00 660.00

Working hours

  • Hours per week specified: 40
  • Minimum wage rates are stipulated by a single statute. The adult minimum wage applies to all employees aged 16 and over who are not starting-out workers or trainees, and all employees who are involved in supervising or training other employees. The starting-out wage applies to starting-out workers aged 19 years or less. The training minimum wage applies to employees aged 20 years or over. Under the starting-out wage, eligible 16-to-19-year-olds can be paid 80% of the adult minimum wage for 6 months or for as long as they are undertaking recognised industry training of at least 40 credits per year. Under the training wage scheme, after completing 3 months or 200 hours of employment (whichever is completed first) at not less than 80% of the minimum adult rate, the worker is entitled to be paid at the minimum adult rate. Groups are eligible for the starting-out wage. These are: * 16- and 17-year-old employees who have not yet completed six months of continuous employment with their current employer (or until they are training or supervising others): * 18- and 19-year-old employees who have been paid a specified social security benefit for six months or more, and who have not yet completed six months continuous employment with any employer since they started being paid a benefit (or until they are training or supervising others).

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Archived Minimum Wages


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