Reply To: HI there – a question about the wage subsidy – we are a winter seasonal business, ramping up with staff around this time of year – we usually also have around 14 school kids on our books (Yr8-Yr13) as we have set up a pathway over the last few years to get kids into the winter industry, with on the job training & qualifications. These kids work usually bewteen 6-8 hrs/week over 3 months.  Can we apply for the wage subsidy for these kids?  I was thinking perhaps about one wage subsidy for every 4 kids?  Weird question I know but it’s either getting a subsidy or not having any kids on the books at all for us this season as our business has been decimated – however if we got the subsidy we could keep the trianng program going. Thanks

Morena Jedimaster – this is a very good question. I have hunted around the MSD site and cannot find any criteria that says children are not eligible. What it says is a bunch of criteria you need to meethttps://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/wage-subsidy/index.html and it also says if your employees work more than 20 hours, then you apply for the full-time rate and if they have worked less than 20 hours, then you can apply for the part-time rate, however just note what you will need to do is ‘average out’ each persons hours and then apply a portion for each person and not the full part-time rate of $350 per week – so you have to do a micro-tote up to work out that – and then pay them accordingly – – https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/wage-subsidy/payments-and-processing-times.html#null

My one proviso here is I have this feeling about an age limit for people to be eligible for the wage subsidy – but I cannot find anything about this anywhere.

Here is a helpline which is not Government, but says they provide initial and free advice – https://employerline.co.nz/wage-subsidy/?gclid=CjwKCAjw5Ij2BRBdEiwA0Frc9XWf8fiAmErffnCyn_gNbPUZIhJehbT2oMhiB2e9v6rDKypIS_EdExoC3j8QAvD_BwE