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Hot out the oven: Easter treats for workers as minimum wage rises

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  • April 3, 2018
Hot out the oven: Easter treats for workers as minimum wage rises

Like national chocolate sales, the minimum wage has also risen this Easter weekend. Now sitting 75 cents higher at $16.50 an hour.

The rise is part of the plan to have wages lifted to a living wage of $20 by 2021.

In addition to the minimum wage, the 'training' and 'starting-out' wages have also risen to $13.20 an hour.

According to government statements, the increase would benefit about 164,000 workers and their families, lifting wages throughout the economy by $129 million a year.

Sitting now at $16.50, a full-time worker would be earning $660 a week, or $34,320 before tax. Companies who pay their staff a living wage would see workers sitting at $42,000 a year before tax, or $20.20 an hour.

As the cost of living continues to grow, minimum wage should raise to reflect that.

The minimum wage rose from $15.25 to $15.75 on April 1 of last year.

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