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The minimum wage increases on April 1st 2021

March 8th, 2021

Chris Lynch, CA, Managing Director


From April 1st 2021, the adult mimimum wage will increase from the current rate of $18.90 per hour to $20 per hour.

There are 3 types of minimum wage — adult, starting-out and training.

The adult minimum wage - applies to employees aged 16 years or older.

The adult minimum wage - applies to employees aged 16 years or older.


The starting out minimum wage - applies to workers who are:

  • 16 and 17 years old and have been with their current employer for less than 6 months
  • 18 and 19 years old:
  • have been paid a benefit for 6 months or more
  • haven’t worked for 1 employer for longer than 6 months since being on a benefit, and
  • have been with their current employer for less than 6 months
  • 16 to 19-year-olds whose employment agreement requires them to do at least 40 credits a year of industry training.

The training minimum wage - applies to workers who:

  • are 20 years or older
  • under their employment agreement, have to do at least 60 credits a year of industry training.

The training and starting-out minimum wages will also both increase. The new rate from April 1 will be $16.00 per hour, remaining at 80% of the adult minimum wage. This is a rise from the current minimum rate of $15.12 per hour.

Talk to us about how this will impact your business.

Chris Lynch, CA

Managing Director

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