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Upcoming changes

Employers should be aware of a number of statutory changes which will be coming into force soon.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage (NMW/NLW)

From April 2019 the NMW will be increased to the following rates:

  • Apprentices: £3.90 an hour
  • 16-17 year olds: £4.35 an hour
  • 18-20 year olds: £6.15 an hour
  • 21-24 year olds: £7.70 an hour
  • Aged 25 and over: £8.21 an hour (NLW)

Statutory Payments

The rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave pay, as well as the maternity allowance, will increase from £145.18 to £148.68 per week.

The rate of statutory sick pay (SSP) will increase from £92.05 to £94.25 per week.

Apprentice levy

From April 2019, businesses liable to pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to invest up to 25% of the levy to support the training of apprentices in their supply chain. For smaller employers who are not liable to pay the apprenticeship levy, the “co-investment rate” for apprenticeship training will be reduced from 10% to 5%. This means that smaller employers will contribute 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training, and the government will pay the balance.

Pay roll

As of 6 April 2019, all workers will have a right to an itemised payslip to include the hours worked for hourly paid workers.

National Insurance

The introduction of employer Class 1A National Insurance contributions on termination payments over £30,000 has been delayed until April 2020.

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