As an employer, you’ll need to keep up-to-date with the latest minimum pay rates and pay your employees at least the current minimum rate.
There are three rates:
Adult minimum wage $15.75 per hour - The adult minimum wage applies to all employees aged 16 and over who aren’t starting-out workers or trainees, and all employees who are involved in supervising or training other employees. This is the minimum wage most widely used by Kiwi businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Starting-out wage $12.60 per hour - The starting-out wage applies solely to workers aged between 16 and 19 and who are entering the workforce for the first time.
Starting-out workers are:
Training minimum wage $12.60 per hour - The training minimum wage applies to employees aged 20 years or over who are completing recognised industry training involving at least 60 credits in order to become qualified.
Employing school-age workers - There is no minimum wage for employees who under 16 years of age. If you employ under-16s, you must not let their work get in the way of attending school.
In addition to paying the legal minimum wage or higher, you’ll need to ensure your pay policies are as fair as possible.
It’s important to remember that waged employees need to be paid for actual hours worked. This means paying employees at least the minimum hourly wage for any extra time worked over an eight-hour day (accounting for meal and rest breaks).
Paying employees fairly also means:
Women and men must receive the same pay rates for doing the same or substantially similar work
You cannot discriminate on the basis of an employee’s colour, race, ethnic or national origins, gender (including pregnancy or childbirth status), marital or family status, age, disability, religious or ethical belief, political opinion, sexual orientation or union activity.
Information provided by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.