What is the Living Wage?

The Living Wage has emerged as a response to growing poverty and inequality that continues to hold back so many Kiwi workers, their families and our economy. 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 Research Unit.

The Living Wage rate is voluntary and in 2022-23 is $23.65 up from $22.75 in 2021-22 and $22.10 per hour in 2020-21.  Accredited Living Wage employers will have until the 1st of September to implement the new rate.