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Minimum wage

There are 3 different types of minimum wage rates depending on if you are an adult worker, a starting-out worker or a trainee.

Who can get minimum wage rates

The minimum wage applies to all employees aged 16 and over, who are:

  • full-time, part-time, fixed-term, casual, working from home, and
  • paid by wages, salary, commission or piece rates.

The Employment NZ website explains more about the following:

When the minimum wage rate may not apply

The minimum wage may not apply if you are:

  • disabled and have a minimum wage exemption
  • employed in the agricultural industry
  • under 16 years
  • working in a foreign fishing crew.

Find out more of the Employment NZ website about employment conditions and employee rights:

Immigration NZ has information in other languages for employers and employees:

Fishing crew rights and obligations

Advice and support

Depending on your query, contact the relevant government agency:

  • minimum wage rates and exemptions, contact Employment NZ
  • wage rates when you’re receiving a benefit payment or tax exemption, contact Work and Income

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