Minimum wage rises

When: 1 April 2017

What: The new minimum wage rates are:

  • Adult — $15.75 an hour
  • Starting-out — $12.60 an hour (up from $12.20)
  • Training — $12.60 an hour (up from $12.20)
  • Starting-out and training minimum wages are 80% of the adult minimum wage.

Why: Government must by law review the minimum wage rates every year.

What you’ll need to do: You and your staff can agree to any wage above the minimum rate. If your employment agreements are a few years old, you can use this as a chance to update them.  The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have an easy to use tool, the Employment Agreement Builder. Note that it is a legal requirement to have a written employment agreement with all your staff.