The Living Wage rate for 2019 is $21.15, $3.45 more than the minimum wage set by the Government. This is announced on April 1 each year and Living Wage Employers have until September 1 of the same year to decide if they will reconfirm their accreditation.
The Living Wage concept is very simple, yet such a powerful alternative – it’s the hourly wage a worker needs to pay for the necessities of life and participate as an active citizen in the community. It reflects the basic expenses of workers and their families such as food, transportation, housing and childcare, and is calculated independently each year by the New Zealand Family Centre Social Policy Unit.
We call upon the Government, employers and society as a whole to strive for a living wage for all households as a necessary and important step in the reduction of poverty in New Zealand