Minimum Wage – New Zealand

  • Valid in August 2019
  • The amounts are in New Zealand Dollar.

Minimum Wage

Per Hour Per Day (8 hrs) Per Week (40 hrs) Per Fortnight (80 hrs)
Adult
Minimum wage with effect from Apr 01, 2019 till Mar 31, 2020. Information last updated on this page Apr 01, 2019
17.70 141.60 708.00 1,416.00
Starting-out
Minimum wage with effect from Apr 01, 2019 till Mar 31, 2020. Information last updated on this page Apr 01, 2019
14.16 113.28 566.40 1,132.80
Training
Minimum wage with effect from Apr 01, 2019 till Mar 31, 2020. Information last updated on this page Apr 01, 2019
14.16 113.28 566.40 1,132.80

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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