Remember how so many NZ employers are saying they can’t afford to increase wages (some of them while booking massive profits)? Nice to see that there are some companies taking a more constructive approach to wages:
Spark pays full-time workers $40k minimum
Spark will now pay all permanent staff who aren’t on a commission at least $19.20 an hour.
The company’s new policy – called Spark Pay – means all full-time workers not on a commission are paid a minimum salary of $40,000 a year. …
The living wage is currently set at $19.80 per hour, so “at least $19.20 an hour” is a decent thing to commit to – kudos to Spark for that.
The scheme has benefited 250 Spark workers, who received pay increases over the last two years to bring them up to the $40,000 per annum level, the phone and internet provider said.
$40,000 doesn’t do too badly in the context of what workers actually earn in NZ. But imagine trying to save the deposit for a house on it. Our wages are too low generally, and this is one of the main economic challenges that we face. A few more employers committing to paying a living wage would be a good place to start.