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A Snapshot of New Zealand’s Minimum Wage

Published March 07, 2019 (last updated July 15, 2022) -

Learn everything you need to know about New Zealand’s 2019 Minimum Wage with this simple infographic, perfect for small business owners and employers.

New Zealand’s Minimum Wage Rates April 2019 – April 2020

Adult Minimum Wage $17.70 per hour
Starting-Out Wage $14.16 per hour
Training Minimum Wage $14.16 per hour

Why Have a Minimum Wage?

The movement for minimum wages was first motivated as a way to stop the exploitation of workers in sweatshops. Over time, minimum wages came to be seen as a way to help lower-income families. Most countries had introduced minimum wage legislation by the end of the 20th century.

Starting Out?

While they may not be the road to riches, minimum wage jobs offer a starting point for those who are young, inexperienced, or need work while pursuing their education.

Who is Covered?

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.

New Zealand’s Minimum Wage Increases From 2008 – 2019


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