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What is the minimum wage in New Zealand in 2021?

From 1 April 2021, the national adult minimum wage will increase to $20.00 per hour, from $18.90 per hour.

What is the minimum wage for casual employees in New Zealand?

Casual employees must be paid at least the relevant minimum wage (being the adult minimum wage, starting out wage or training wage). The adult minimum wage is currently $18.90 per hour, which equates to $718.20 for a 38-hour week. That total is before tax. This too will increase to $20.00 an hour on 1 April 2021.

What is the minimum wage for a 16-year-old in New Zealand?

Employees the age of 16 or over must be paid at least the applicable minimum wage. If they have done six months of continuous service at their current employer, they should be paid the adult minimum wage. If otherwise, they may be paid the starting-out minimum wage.

How much should an apprentice be paid?

An apprentice should be paid at least the applicable minimum wage. If between the ages of 16 and 19, depending on the number of credits they are doing in their industry training this can be the starting-out minimum wage. If older than 20, this can be the training minimum wage again depending on the number of credits they are doing for their training. If these two scenarios do not apply, the apprentice must be receiving at least the adult minimum wage for every hour worked.

How should an employee be paid?

There are no rules regarding frequency of pay, however, to avoid confusion the when pay will be made should be listed in the employment agreement. Payment for wages must be made in money (subject to limited exceptions). If the payment is not in cash, the employer and employee should have a written agreement regarding how the wages are paid, for example, cheque or via electronic funds transfer, known as an EFT or bank transfer.

Does an employee have to be paid to complete job training or attend meetings?

An employee is entitled to minimum pay and conditions for the time they spend working. Employees may need to complete formal or informal training to ensure they have the right skills and knowledge to perform their job, including on-the-job training, online or formal training courses or team training. If an employee has to do training as part of their job, they must be compensated with the correct pay for those hours worked. Employees also have to be paid for time spent in team meetings, as well as carrying out duties such as opening or closing the business, if their employer requires them to be there as part of their job.

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