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COVID-19 wage subsidy payments

The New Zealand Government has some business support payments to help pay staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For details of available payments and eligibility criteria, visit

If your business is eligible for any wage subsidy payments, we recommend setting up a COVID-19 pay code to make those payments to the affected employees.


Create a new pay code
  1. Go to the Maintenance command centre and click Maintain Pay Codes.
  2. Click New. The New Pay Code window appears.
  3. In the Pay Code Type field, choose Gross Earnings.
  4. Enter COVID-19 in the Pay Code and Description fields.
  5. If you're applying the COVID 19 subsidy to all employees, select Add this Pay Code to all current employees.
    Here's the pay code example:
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click the new COVID-19 pay code.

  8. On the General tab, select the option Allow rate to be modified when entering pay details.

  9. Click Close.
  10. In the Maintenance command centre, click Maintain Employees.
  11. Click Select Employee.
  12. Select an employee who'll receive the subsidy and click OK.
  13. Click the Pay Defaults/Totals tab.
  14. Click New.
  15. Select the COVID-19 pay code and click OK.

  16. Repeat from step 10 for all employees eligible for the COVID 19 subsidy.
  17. Click Close.
Process the pay
  1. Go to the Prepare Pays command centre and click Enter Pays.

  2. Select the employee.

  3. Enter 1 in the Quantity column and the subsidy amount in the Rate column.
    Here's an example of a $350 subsidy payment:
  4. Process the rest of the pay as normal.

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