Financial help to move into work

Access to money to help you start work.

Transition to Work Grant

Ministry of Social Development

You may be able to get help from Work and Income to pay for things you need to find or start a job.

What it's about

Work and Income may be able to help you pay for things such as clothing for work, tools, living expenses until your first pay, or travel to work.

Who it's for

Anyone over 16 years who’s looking for or starting work. There are other criteria you need to meet as well – these are outlined on the Work and Income website.

What it offers

Up to $1,500 for costs such as relocating for work, clothing and transport for a job interview, tools or clothing for work, and other costs.

$5K to Work

Ministry of Social Development

A payment from Work and Income if you qualify for a benefit and need to move to a different region to start your new job.

What it's about

Helps to cover the cost of moving to start a new job.

Who it's for

People who qualify for a benefit, have an offer for a job longer than 91 days, and need to move to a different region. There are also other critreria - these are outlined on the Work and Income website.

What it offers

A $5,000 lump sum payment, which is not taxed.

Flexi wage subsidy

Ministry of Social Development

Flexi-wage is a subsidy available to employers to help a new staff member develop the skills needed for the job.

What it's about

If you need more skills for a job, your potential employer may be able to get a wage subsidy to support your training or mentoring.

Who it's for

People registered with Work and Income to find work who need some extra skills to help them get started in their job. 

What it offers

We'll pay some of your wages to your potential employer while you're training to get the skills you need for the job.

Let them know if you're interested so they can apply.

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