Date: 6th March 2018
By law, every year the Government must review minimum wage rates. With this year’s review the Government have decided on an increase in the adult minimum wage from $15.75 to $16.50/hour. Let’s take a look at the details.
The new minimum wage rates come into effect on 1 April 2018. The new rates are:
Starting-out and training minimum wages are 80% of the adult minimum wage.
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 businesses of all shapes and sizes.
The starting-out wage applies solely to workers aged between 16 and 19 and who are entering the workforce for the first time, ie:
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.
There is no minimum wage for employees under 16 years of age. If you employ under-16s, you must not let their work get in the way of attending school.
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