The ‘living wage’ has increased by 40 cents in just a few months:
The new figure for a living wage was also up from last year, with campaigners saying it now costs $18.80 an hour to feed two adults and two children in New Zealand.
The wage is based on a family with two children, where one adult is working full-time and the other half-time at the same wage.
The calculations come from the Anglican Family Centre research unit and are up 2.1 percent from last year’s estimate of $18.40 an hour. . .
The figures come from surveyed spending of the poorest half of Kiwi families with two adults and two children. Costs are figured on average New Zealand-wide rents for the cheapest quarter of three-bedroom houses and food costs for foods that meet Otago University’s nutritionists’ “basic” diet of nutritious food.
. . . Labour Minister Simon Bridges said the figure seemed to be “much more what they feel rather than what good evidence suggests is right”.
He said raising the legal minimum wage to the original figure of $18.40 would cost employers $2.3 billion a year and wipe out 24,000 jobs. . .
If they think you need an extra $60 when you have a new baby who costs very little, how long before they think you need at least that when the baby is older?