Flexi-wage expansion

11 February 2021.

The Government has announced an expansion to the Flexi-wage programme, to support thousands more job seekers into employment.

Flexi-wage is an employment programme that helps job seekers get a job and the skills needed to do that job. Flexi-wage support can include training and in-work support, as well as a contribution to wages. The job must be ongoing, continuing after the Flexi-wage has finished.

In expanding the Flexi-wage programme we've:

  • widened eligibility to support job seekers who are not on a benefit but are disadvantaged in the labour market
  • increased subsidy rates for eligible job seekers
  • introduced set rates and durations, to reflect the specific needs of individuals
  • increased support for people out of work who want to be self-employed.

The changes are expected to support up to 40,000 more New Zealanders over the next two years. The Government is investing an additional $300 million into Flexi-wage, including $30 million ringfenced to support people who are out of work into self-employment.

The expansion doesn't affect current Flexi-wage contracts, which will continue.

The expansion took effect on Monday 15 February.