SKYCITY Entertainment Group has unveiled plans to pay its New Zealand-based staff at least $20 an hour by 2020.

Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois welcomes the news.

In a statement she said: “Many hospitality businesses are now understanding that paying slightly higher wages will not only have a significant impact on the wellbeing of staff but also on attracting and retaining good people. SkyCity is the largest single hospitality employer in New Zealand and so their leadership on the issue will hopefully pave the way for others to consider how they can make wages more attractive to those looking to join the industry”.


The Restaurant Association
The Restaurant Association is the link between good food, and good business. It supports New Zealand’s diverse and creative hospitality businesses to deliver first class experiences to diners. Since its humble beginnings in 1972, it has worked to offer advice, help and assistance in every facet of the vibrant and diverse hospitality industry. The organisation now represents, advocates and cheerleads for more than 2000 hospitality businesses within New Zealand. It offers 24/7 advice and assistance on key industry issues, from property lease advice to wellness in the workplace. The Association also provides its members with industry-wide accreditation programs which set best practice standards and help them measure how they’re tracking. It also works with Service IQ to deliver the New Zealand Apprenticeship programme and in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development to deliver the ProStart training programme. Over the past two years more than 300 job seekers have participated in ProStart and made their start on a hospitality career.

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