If there is a change in the rate of pay, you must inform the employee and record it in writing. We recommend that you sign the change letter for your employee. After signing, you must keep one copy for your records and give the other to your employee. It is important to keep a record, as you will need to show it to the labour inspectors if you are ever audited. New Zealand raises its minimum wage to $20 an hour and raises the highest tax rate for the country`s highest income earners to 39%. Minimum rates apply to all employees. It doesn`t matter if they work full-time, part-time or casual. This also applies if they receive an hourly rate, a salary, a commission base or some kind of piecework rate. OECD data shows that in 2019, New Zealand`s former minimum wage was already among the five highest in the world. In the wake of the Covid pandemic, many of the country`s most important workers have been minimum wage workers – including those who work at the airport and in cross-border jobs and are seen as a frontline defense against the virus. The Ardern-led government has gradually raised the minimum wage over the past four years, an increase of $4.25 per hour since 2017. Last year, Ardern made headlines for encouraging New Zealand employers to consider introducing a four-day work week and other flexible arrangements to rebuild after Covid-19. If you have employees, you must ensure that their total compensation meets the minimum wage requirements for each individual pay period.
You need to consider overtime, meetings, or the time you`ve spent opening and closing stores. If these activities bring the total compensation below the minimum wage rate, you are breaking the law. Retail NZ`s Payroll Guide provides up-to-date advice on average rates of pay for 23 retail-specific items by goods, sales and region. Each retailer that responded to the 2021 survey received a FREE copy of the guide. If you believe that your company participated in the survey and you did not receive your survey, please send an email to [email protected]. If you did not participate in the survey, the New Zealand Retail Salary Guide can be purchased for $125 (plus gst) for members and $250 (plus GST) for non-members. To purchase the New Zealand Retail Salary Guide or learn more about the guide, click here. The minimum wage applies to all workers aged 16 and over who: The opposition National Party opposed the minimum wage increase: “A sharp increase in the minimum wage at a time of extreme uncertainty for small businesses is economic vandalism,” said Scott Simpson, industrial relations spokesman. The Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Employment had advised the government to postpone the increase due to the economic uncertainty caused by Covid-19. In 2020, unions demanded a $22.10 increase in living wages for those on the front lines. “This is a big problem for these workers.
Part of that is money, part of that is the dignity of feeling rewarded by the community for the sacrifices they make,” United Union National Secretary John Crocker told TVNZ at the time. The changes will be introduced on Thursday, along with small increases in unemployment and health benefits. The administration estimates that the minimum wage increase — an increase of $1.14 per hour — will affect up to 175,500 workers and raise wages across the economy by $216 million. There is no legal minimum rate for workers aged 15 or under, but you must pay the adult minimum wage to all workers aged 16 and over, unless they are entitled to the “severance wage” or “training wage”. In our advice, you will learn how to cope with rising wage costs. Jacinda Ardern says changes in wages and benefits will help support the most vulnerable, with tourism playing an important role in New Zealand`s economy, with more than 3 million tourists visiting the country each year. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum in 2013, ranks New Zealand as the second most welcoming country in the world after Iceland. Referring to this week`s changes, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said they fulfilled a pre-election promise and represented “real and long-awaited improvements in the support we provide to our most vulnerable.” Not yet a member of the Retail NZ family? Do not worry! Click here to board. New Zealand performs very well in many ways in terms of the well-being of its people, ranking 7th in the Human Development Index (HDI) published by the United Nations in 2013. At the same time, New Zealand is also considered the least corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International`s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The Employment NZ website explains in more detail the following: Employers in New Zealand usually deduct the corresponding amount of payroll tax through a pay-as-you-go (PAYE) system.
Taxes are deducted from the gross monthly salary and paid to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) on behalf of the employee. Taxes include a progressive income tax and a levy from the Accident Compensation Corporation (VAC). For more information, visit Employment NZ`s website on terms and conditions of employment and workers` rights: The housing shortage has hit vulnerable New Zealanders particularly hard. On Tuesday, Stuff reported that waiting lists for social housing had reached a new record, with more than 22,800 households waiting for a home. Immigration NZ has information in other languages for employers and employees: “I hear a lot of people suggesting that we should have a four-day work week,” she said at the time. At the end of the day, it`s really between employers and employees. But as I said, there`s so much we`ve learned about Covid and that flexibility of people working from home, the productivity that can be eliminated from it. The new maximum tax rate applies to anyone earning more than $180,000 a year, or about 2% of New Zealanders. The government estimates that it will generate $550 million in additional revenue this year. New Zealand continues to struggle with high rates of child poverty and housing costs.
Housing in Auckland, for example, is among the most prohibitive in the world, with property prices about 11 times higher than average income. “There is still much to be done, including building more housing, improving our health care system, investing in education, training and employment opportunities,” she said. Depending on your question, please contact the relevant government agency:. .