Minimum wage rising to $22.70 per hour from 1 April 2023

Published: 08 February 2023

The Prime Minister has announced that the adult minimum wage will be rising to $22.70 per hour from 1 April 2023.

This is an increase of $1.50 per hour from the current hourly rate of $21.20 and aligns with the 7.2% rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the year ended December 2022.

The training and starting-out minimum wages will also both increase to $18.16 per hour, remaining at 80% of the adult minimum wage. This is a rise from the current minimum rate of $16.96 per hour.

For an employee who works 40 hours a week, the minimum wage rise to $22.70 per hour means they’ll earn an extra $60 each week before tax.

Around 222,900 New Zealand workers currently paid between the current and new minimum wage rates will get an increase in their pay packets as a result of the change in the minimum wage.

The Government will review the minimum wage rate again later this year.

Read the media release on the Beehive website:

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Last updated: 08 February 2023