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Streamlining New Zealand Payroll for Agriculture Businesses

Written by Daniel Hobbs, Digital Marketer & Callum McCluskey, Business Development Manager

Alright, let’s talk about New Zealand payroll. Oh boy, where do I even begin? It’s an absolute nightmare for business owners. The government and other regulatory bodies are constantly updating laws and regulations, making it a pain for businesses to keep up.

Let’s start with the basics. Every single employee is entitled to a minimum number of holidays, sick leave, and other types of leave. So, you have to keep track of multiple leave entitlements for each employee and ensure that they are paid correctly. And then there is KiwiSaver, that requires employers to make contributions on behalf of their employees, and this is just the beginning.

There’s also the fact that businesses in certain industries, like agriculture, horticulture, and viticulture, have unique payroll complexities that make it even harder to navigate. For example, let’s take a farm that employs seasonal workers. These workers are only employed for a few months out of the year, which means the farm owner has to keep track of a bunch of different employment agreements, each with different start and end dates. And let’s not forget about the fact that many of these workers are paid on piece rates, incentive bonuses and sometimes different hourly rates which makes it even harder to keep track of everything.

Another example would be the businesses that have employees working on piece rates have to calculate paid breaks. This can lead to headaches when it comes to calculating and paying employees the correct amount, not to mention the added stress of trying to keep track of everything manually.

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But here’s the good news: there’s a solution to all of this chaos. Enter AgriSmart, the all-in-one payroll software solution for the agriculture, horticulture, and viticulture industries. With AgriSmart, business owners can say goodbye to the headaches created by using basic payroll for your complex requirements. Our software takes care of everything from capturing timesheets in bulk for large teams of employees, calculating leave entitlements from employees with variable work patterns, ensuring no one is ever paid below the minimum hourly rate, and automating paid breaks when employees are paid on piece rates to automating payday filing.

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And the best part is, AgriSmart saves clients a significant amount of time and stress that can be spent elsewhere in their business. With a comprehensive software application, AgriSmart is designed to make managing payroll as simple as possible whilst maintaining the level of transparency and recording required to remain complaint. 

With a rapidly growing client list, it’s clear that AgriSmart is a solution that works. We have a lot of existing clients who have seen the benefits of using our software, and we are seeing our client list continue to grow rapidly. 

So, if you’re tired of dealing with the complexities of New Zealand payroll and want to save time and stress, give AgriSmart a try. Organize a free demo (no obligations whatsoever) by calling 0800 110 172 or filling out the contact form on our website and see for yourself how AgriSmart can make your life easier. Trust us, you won’t regret it. With AgriSmart, you’ll be able to focus on what you do best – running your business – instead of getting bogged down in the administrative tasks of payroll.