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Minimum Wages changes from 1 April 2019


Minimum wages are set by the government and are reviewed every year.

The current labour government committed to increase minimum wages to $20 per hour by 2021. The effect of this has been an increase every year to reach $20 per hour by 1st April 2021.

Current & Previous Minimum Wage Rates

The adult minimum wage increased by 50 cents from $15.25 per hour (1 April 2016) to $15.75 per hour (1 April 2017).

The starting out and training rates increased by 40 cents from $12.20 per hour to $12.60 per hour during the same period.

Consistently the adult minimum wage increased by 75 cents to $16.50 per hour from 1 April 2018 and the starting out and training rates increased by 60 cents to $13.20 per hour which is where it sits currently.

1st April 2019

Adult minimum wage increases to $17.70 per hour from 1st April 2019 and starting out and training minimum wage rates will increase to $14.16 per hour remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.


To read more on the Minimum wage reviews and process Click here.


To read more about what to pay your employees and what records to keep, see our earlier article Click here