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Minimum wage rises to $13.75

Tuesday 26 Feb 2013 12:32p.m.

Minimum wage up 25c

The minimum wage will rise by 25 cents to $13.75 an hour from April 1.

The training and new entrants' minimum wages, which are set at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage, will also increase, from $10.80 to $11 an hour.

Labour Minister Simon Bridges announced the increases on Tuesday.

"Setting these wage rates represents a careful balance between protecting low paid workers and ensuring jobs are not lost as the economic recovery gains pace," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Bridges welcomed a select committee report which made minor changes to a bill setting up a lower minimum wage for young workers.

The Minimum Wage (Starting-out Wage) Amendment Bill will establish a "starting out" wage of $11 an hour, or 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage, when it takes effect on May 1.

The lower wage would apply to 16 and 17-year-olds for their first six months in a job, 18 and 19-year-olds entering the workforce after more than six months on a benefit, and 16 to 19-year-olds in certain training.

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