Tourism and hospitality median wage exception


The minimum remuneration rate for specific roles within the tourism and hospitality sectors will increase to $28.18 per hour, effective from 24 April 2023

Many tourism and hospitality roles have also been provided an exemption to the median wage threshold under the AEWV, with a lower wage threshold of $25 an hour until April 2023.

This is a temporary exception that recognises these sectors have been hit hard by Covid-19.

The Government is continuing to support the industry and has decided to transition away from the exemption to the median wage threshold in two stages.

  • On 24 April 2023 the median wage exception will increase from $25 to $28.18, or 95% of the new median wage.
  • In April 2024 the exception will end, and these roles will be required to be paid 100% of the median wage.

News source: New median wage to apply from February 2023 | Immigration New Zealand