New Zealand New Median Wage to Apply from Feb 2024

A new median wage of NZD 31.61 per hour will be adopted into the immigration system from February 2024.

  • Many work and residence visa categories have wage thresholds or criteria that are based on the median wage, and most of these will be updated. This includes the Accredited Employer Visa (AEWV), the Skilled Migrant Category, and some occupations covered by Sector Agreements and the Green List.
  • Parent category wage thresholds are updated separately and the tourism and hospitality wage threshold will also be updated separately in April 2024.

In 2022, a standard process was set up to update the median wage in the immigration system in February the following year. This gives businesses around six months to prepare for the change from the time it gets updated by Statistics NZ.

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