New Zealand: New Measures for Recognized Seasonal Employer Workers  

Key Points  

  • New Zealand will introduce new minimum wage requirements and sick leave rights for workers under the Recognized Seasonal Employer pathway


The government of New Zealand will increase the minimum pay requirements for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers beginning 1 October 2023. In addition, the government will require employers to grant sick leave entitlements from an employee’s first day of work. 

  • RSE workers must be paid at least the minimum wage plus 10% for actual hours worked. This currently equals $24.97 per hour. 
  • The increased pay entitlements include RSE workers on current RSE Limited Visas granted before 1 October 2023. Employers who fail to update wages in line with the new minimum hourly wage would breach their Agreement to Recruit (ATR) commitments. 
  • Beginning 1 October 2023, RSE workers are entitled to two days sick leave from the day they start work. An additional two days each month until they reach their 10-day entitlement on their four-month anniversary. 

What are the Changes?  

The government of New Zealand will introduce new minimum pay requirements for RSE workers beginning 1 October 2023. According to the government announcement, these changes aim to better protect workers under the pathway. 

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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