December 16, 2020
Minimum wage to rise to $20
The minimum wage will rise to $20 an hour from April 1.
Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood that will lift the incomes of around 175,500 New Zealanders, giving them $44 more each week before tax for a 40 hour week.
He says many minimum wage earners have gone above and beyond in the fight against COVID-19, and supermarket workers, cleaners, and security guards among others deserve a pay rise.
The increase is estimated to boost wages across the economy by $216 million.
Mr Wood says the Government was taking a balanced approach and supporting both employees and employers through the pandemic.
The starting-out and training minimum wages will also rise to $16 per hour, to remain at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.
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