Payroll and HR in New Zealand

Payroll and HR in New Zealand

Local Information

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New Zealand is known for being one of the most business-friendly countries in the world. Ranked as one of the easiest locations to incorporate a business into, it has minimal barriers for entry. At present, its active economy is also the third freest economy in the world.

With a population of 4 million and key access to Pacific Island markets, there’s plenty of opportunity within New Zealand. (Not to mention, the landscape is an added bonus!)

However, as with every expansion, it doesn’t come without its difficulties. If you’re looking to expand your business to New Zealand, IRIS FMP are the experts you need to help you maintain compliance, pay your staff correctly and on time. Speak to one of our country specialists today.

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Details correct at time of publication. You should not rely on these details without first seeking professional international advice.

Employer Must-Dos

In New Zealand, the following reports must be submitted to strict deadlines.

  • Corporate Tax Return
  • VAT Tax Returns
  • Annual Tax Return (for non-residents’ NZ income)

HR in New Zealand

What are the regular working hours in New Zealand?

The usual working work in New Zealand covers 40 hours from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday (with a 30-minute lunch).

Vacation and illness

Employees are entitled to a minimum of 4 weeks paid annual leave a year if they work regular hours full time or part time.
Once you have worked at your job for more than 6 months, you’re entitled to a minimum of 5 days’ sick leave a year. However, some employers offer more depending on contract agreements.


Employees may be dismissed due to serious misconduct, repeated misconduct, during a trial period, for performance related issues, redundancy and incapacity. Employees have the right to request a written statement covering the reasons for their dismissal. If a request is made, employers must provide the statement within 14 days.

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IRIS FMP’s Payroll and HR Solutions

Whether you’re looking for payroll and HR services in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington, IRIS FMP are here to help. Our experts have the knowledge and international experience to ensure you maintain compliance and continue to pay your staff correctly and on time. Our services include but are not restricted to:

  • Employment Contracts
  • Payroll Processing
  • Year End Income Tax Reconciliation
  • Coordinating with the Company HR Department
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Benefits Administration
  • Multi-currency Salary Payments and Bonuses
  • Withholding tax payments to respective authorities
  • Payroll Audit Services
  • Email Payslip Services
  • Pension Administration
  • Employee Local Tax Administration
  • Tax and Labor Consulting
  • Legal representation / Assistance
  • Handling of confidential Payroll
  • Translation Services

Maintain Compliance with Your New Zealand Payroll & HR

Get in touch with one of our experts and start your international expansion to New Zealand today. We’ll take care of your payroll and HR so you can focus on the important things.

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