National minimum wage increases from 1 April 2020

From 1 April 2020, national minimum wage across New Zealand will increase from $17.70 to $18.90 per hour.

If you employ support workers, this will impact any of your employees who are currently on a night rate or weekend rate below $18.90 per hour and perform light duties (i.e. duties that are reduced from those conducted under ordinary hours) on these specific shifts (i.e. night or weekends).

If your support worker is already on pay equity rates, this national minimum wage does not apply. If this applies to you, please update the night or weekend rate via the portal or by contacting our Customer Experience Centre on 0508 462 427 or email

Please note, we will automatically update any rates below $18.90 to be effective as of 1 April 2020.