New Zealand

New Zealand

Global Employment Solutions & PEO in New Zealand

Omnipresent makes it fast and easy to employ remote talent in New Zealand. We take care of payroll, compliance, taxes, and admin so you can focus on growing your business.

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What You Need to Know About Employing in New Zealand

Don’t risk non-compliance with local employment, social insurance, and tax regulations.

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How Do Omnipresent Global Employment Solutions Work?

Omnipresent provides global employment solutions and professional employment organisation (PEO) services for companies looking to grow and build out a global team in New Zealand. Traditional methods of establishing global employment and subsidiaries in New Zealand typically takes months and can incur heavy costs. Omnipresent’s global employment solutions and PEO services are helping hundreds of organisations onboard new employees in New Zealand in a matter of days with full compliance of local labour laws. We use a tech-forward approach to streamline the process. 

  • Your company conducts the hiring and candidate selection process in New Zealand.
  • Omnipresent hires the selected candidate through our local professional employment organisation in New Zealand.
  • We take care of ensuring your new employee is hired in compliance with local labour laws, payroll regulations, benefits and more -- all without needing to set up a subsidiary in New Zealand.
  • The individual is legally contracted by Omnipresent but assigned to work for your company and reports to a manager or team in your organisation as your full-time employee.

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Payroll & Taxes in New Zealand

Employee Income Taxes:

10.5%: $0.00 - $14,000

17.5%: $14,001 - $48,000

30.0%: $48,001 - $70,000

33.0%: $70,001 and above

Payroll Cycle:


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Employer Costs in New Zealand

Employer Contributions:

Employer Contributions

3.0%: KiwiSaver (minimum employer contribution)

Employee Contributions:

Employee Contributions

2.0%-10.0%: KiwiSaver

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Standard Working Hours in New Zealand

Typical Working Hours per Week:

Typical working hours in New Zealand are a maximum of 40 hours per week, unless otherwise agreed upon. Employers cannot require more than 40 hours per week, unless they're covered by an "availability provision."

It’s important to note that typical working hours can vary by industry in some countries. Contact our team for the most up-to-date information!

Overtime Laws:

There are no statutory limits to length of overtime in New Zealand. Some employees and employers can come to an agreement on specific terms for overtime. 

In addition, there is no statutory requirement to pay more than regular salary for overtime. However, many employees receive a payment if their employer asks them to work more than their normal hours. All of this should be included within the employment agreement.

There are some unique exceptions where overtime is permissible, so please contact our team if you have any questions about overtime in New Zealand. We are happy to discuss unique situations in more detail.

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Standard Public Holidays & Vacation Time in New Zealand

Typical Public Holidays in New Zealand

  • New Year’s Day
  • Waitangi Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Anzac Day
  • Queen’s Birthday
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Vacation Time in New Zealand

In New Zealand, all employees with 12+ months of continuous service with the current employer, regardless of their classification, are entitled to four weeks (20 working days) of paid leave each year. The leave can be cumulative and carry over from year to year in most cases. Annual leave entitlement for fixed-term employees depends on length of their term.

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Types of Leave in New Zealand

Sick Leave:

Employees are entitled to 5 paid sick days/personal days annually after 6 months of consecutive service with the current employer. Personal days don't accrue (i.e. paid out if not used). They can take time off for sickness or injury to themselves, as well as to their spouse, partner or a dependent. Employers pay sick pay and this will not be subsidised or reimbursed from the government.

Maternity Leave:

Known as Primary Carers Leave in New Zealand.

Primary Carers Leave details are as follows: 

  • Up to 52 weeks of unpaid leave 
  • 26 weeks paid leave for each child (included within the 52 weeks)
  • Leave can begin 6 weeks prior to due date, or on the date of becoming primary carer in the case of adoption
  • Start date may begin earlier due to medical reasons and the primary carer can still receive at least 20 weeks after birth. 

Government Special Leave:

Expectant mothers can take an additional 10 days of unpaid special leave during the pregnancy for any pregnancy related appointments. 

Paternity Leave:

Spouse or partner is given 1 week unpaid leave after 6 months of employment and 2 weeks of unpaid leave after 12 months of employment. Leave can be taken any time within the period of 21 days before or after the birth. 

Other Types of Leave:

  • Extended Parental Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Domestic Violence Leave 
  • Defence Force Volunteer Leave
  • Voting Leave
  • Jury Service Leave.

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Health Insurance & Supplementary Benefits in New Zealand

We believe that remote employees should be able to access their local, as well as a high standard international benefits anywhere they are. Details about international or country specific benefit packages can be provided on request. Please contact us for further details.

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Termination & Severance in New Zealand

Generally, there are many circumstances in which employers can terminate an employee in New Zealand, but with good reason and following a fair process. If you have questions, please contact us.


Employees in New Zealand have no right to severance payments unless specified in the employment agreement. If within the employment agreement, severance will usually include the hours worked until the final day and any unused annual leave or days in lieu payments.  

Notice of Termination:

Employers must inform employees in advance when they will end the employment. The notice period is typically negotiated between both parties into an employment agreement. 

Unprotected and Protected Termination:

All employees are subject to termination laws and there are a range of reasons an employee can be terminated, so it is important for those looking to employ in New Zealand to reach out to us directly with questions.

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Grow your global team. 

Employ the best talent, anywhere in the world.

The benefits of growing a global team and finding the best talent anywhere in the world are endless. It’s important to note that labour laws and regulations in New Zealand can come with penalties for non-compliance. Let our team take care of the global employment solutions such as payroll, benefits, compliance, taxes, and admin so you can focus on growing your business. We are here to help you every step of the way.

Want to onboard an international employee today? Get started.

Omnipresent makes it easy to hire, pay, and support your international team. Book a call with us to start building your global team today.

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