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.