Large increase to minimum wage effective in April | Employment Law Update February

The Government has announced it will be raising the minimum hourly wage to $18.90 on 1 April 2020, an increase of $1.20 from the current minimum hourly wage.

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Iain Lees-Galloway, advised that this move is the next step in the Government’s plan for a $20 minimum wage by 2021.

The Minister advised that there was an estimated 242,000 workers expected to experience a lift in their income from the change.

The starting-out and training wages will also rise to $15.12 per hour from 1 April 2020, remaining at 80% of the adult minimum wage.

The press release from Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, can be seen at

Reproduced with permission of Wolters Kluwer NZ