There are 11 key areas of work where skilled workers are definitely needed in New Zealand in 2013 and going forward:
>Agriculture and forestry
>Oil and gas
>Tourism and hospitality
>Business and finance
There are three minimum wage rates:
>The adult minimum wage applies to all employees aged 16 and over who are not new entrants or trainees.
>The new entrants minimum wage applies to employees aged 16 and 17, except for those who have completed 200 hours or three months of employment in the workforce, whichever is shorter; or who are supervising or training other workers; or who are trainees
>The training minimum wage applies only to employees aged 16 and over who are doing recognized industry training involving at least 60 credits a year.
There is no statutory minimum wage for employees who are under 16 years old.
A small number of people hold an exemption from the minimum wage (see the section about minimum wage exemptions).
The minimum wage rates are reviewed every year. As of 1 April 2012 the adult minimum wage rates (before tax) that apply for employees aged 16 or over are:$13.50 an hour, which is $108.00 for an 8-hour day or $540.00 for a 40-hour week.
The rates that apply to new entrants, and employees on the training minimum wage (before tax), are: $10.80 an hour, which is $86.40 for an 8-hour day or$432.00 for a 40-hour week.
Employees have to be paid at least the minimum hourly wage rate for any extra time worked over eight hours a day or 40 hours a week.
Anyone who thinks they are being paid less than the minimum wage should call the Department of Labour on 0800 20 90 20.