Minimum Wage Increase

There are three minimum wages rates:

  • The adult minimum wage applies to all employess aged 16 and over who are not starting -out workers or trainees, and all employees who are involved in supervising or training other employees.
  • The starting-out wage applies to starting-out workers.  Starting out workers are:

 - 16 - and 17 - year old employees who have not yet completed six months of continuous employment with their current employer.

 - 18 - and 19 - year old employees who have been paid a specified social security benefit for six months or more, and who have not yet completed six months continuous employment with any employer since they started being paid a benefit.  Once they have completed six months continuous employment with a single employer, they will no longer be a starting out worker, and must be paid at least the adult minimum wage rate.

 - 16 - to 19 - year old employees who are required by their employment agreement to undertake industry training for at least 40 credits a year in order to become qualified.

  • The training minimum wage applies to employees aged 20 years and over who are doing recognised industry training involving at least 60 credits a year as part of their employment agreement, in order to become qualified.


Disclaimer: This publication has been carefully prepared, but it has been written in general terms only. The publication should not be relied upon to provide specific information without also obtaining appropriate professional advice after detailed examination of your particular situation.

Posted: Mon 14 Mar 2016


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