COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

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Children and young people have what they need

Lead agency:
Ministry of Social Development
Action timeframe:
March 2020 – September 2020

The Wage Subsidy Scheme was developed to help businesses and affected workers in the short-term as they adjust to the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It supports employers and their staff to maintain an employment connection and ensure an income for affected employees, even if the employee is unable to work any hours.  The scheme provides up to $585.80 per week for full-time workers and $350.00 per week for part-time workers.

An extension to the scheme was announced in May 2020, to support those still significantly impacted, with a further extension announced in August.