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Updated minimum wage legislation

By The Team | August 9, 2013

Do you have trainee or teen employees currently? Perhaps some are about to join your team? Regardless, it’s a good idea to make sure that all your payroll staff and management are fully up-to-date with pay regulations as this can change often.  You don’t want employees with mistakes on their payslip!

Change to minimum wage types

On 1st May 2013, minimum wage was changed for New Zealanders – there are now three different types of minimum wage:


  • Adult minimum wage – applicable to employees aged 16+, who aren’t ‘starting out’ or going through a trainee process. This is currently $13.75 per/hr.



  • Starting out wage – applicable to 16 and 17 year olds starting out in the workforce; 18 and 19 year olds who have been on a benefit for six months or more; and 16 to 19 year olds in training in a recognised industry training course involving at least 40 credits a year. This is currently $11.00 per/hr.



  • Training minimum wage – applicable to employees aged 20+ undertaking recognised industry training of at least 60 credits as part of their employment agreement. This is currently $11.00 per/hr.


For a detailed breakdown of current minimum wage requirements, check out the Department of Labour’s site.

Payroll staff take note!

This is especially important information for employers and payroll staff – it’s illegal to pay employees less than minimum wage! If you’d like to make sure your payroll is processing minimum wage payments accurately feel free to give us a call on 0800 10 10 38, send us a message, or direct message us on Twitter (@smartpayroll).


For more information about employer responsibilities, check out our Free Employer Booklet. This will make sure you’re following all requirements