Flexi-wage subsidy - employer information

Flexi-wage is one of the ways we're supporting more New Zealanders into work, by helping you hire staff and getting them the skills needed to do the job. There's a wage contribution, as well as training and ongoing support if it's needed.

Who can get it

You may be able to get Flexi-wage for someone you hire if:

  • they meet the 'Who can get it' criteria outlined in Flexi-wage job seeker information
  • the position is ongoing and will continue after the subsidy has finished or is for a fixed-term project that benefits the community or environment and will help the job seeker gain the skills to get into work once it's finished.
  • you pay at least the minimum wage for the job
  • you haven't dismissed anyone to make this position available.

Contact us about Flexi-wage before making jobs redundant. You may be able to get support to upskill an employee into a temporary job.

What you can get

We can help you find suitable staff. We'll discuss whether you can get Flexi-wage for them.

We'll talk with you about what support the person needs to get the skills needed for the job.

Depending on how much support they need, you may be able to get a wage contribution for:

  • 24 weeks, at $276 a week, totalling $6,624 (GST inclusive), or
  • 36 weeks, at $276 a week, totalling $9,936 (GST inclusive).

There's also training and ongoing support if it's needed. We'll work this through with you. If the person has complex or specific needs we may be able to help further.

If you have a project that benefits the community or environment, you may be able to get Flexi-wage - Project in the Community.

How to find out more

If you're already working with us to hire staff, ask us about Flexi-wage.

If you’re not currently working with us, complete this form and we’ll be in touch with you to discuss Flexi-wage.

We'll aim to contact you within 5 working days.

The Flexi-wage process

We can help you find suitable staff, and talk to you about whether you can get Flexi-wage for them.

We'll need to check that both your business and the person meet the criteria for Flexi-wage. Once we’ve checked you both meet this criteria and you choose to hire them, we'll discuss with you the amount of wage contribution, the duration of this, and any training and ongoing support if it’s needed.

We'll then draft up a contract outlining these details and email it to you.

To get Flexi-wage underway, you'll need to complete the contract and email it back to us along with proof of your bank account number.

What happens next

While you’re getting Flexi-wage, we'll:

  • contact you regularly to see how things are going
  • send you a claim form to complete every four weeks.

We'll make sure you know how to claim the Flexi-wage every four weeks..