The minimum wage will rise by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour on 1 April 2017, the government has announced this afternoon.

Mr Woodhouse said the increase to $15.75 would benefit about 119,500 workers and will increase wages throughout the economy by $65 million per year.

“At a time when annual inflation is 0.4 per cent, a 3.3 per cent increase to the minimum wage will give our lowest paid workers more money in their pockets, without hindering job growth or imposing undue pressure on businesses.” Michael Woodhouse said.

It was increased by 50c on 1st April 2016 as well.