The National Living wage and minimum wage
Increases to apply from 1 April 2019:
- aged 25 and over – £8.21 per hour
- 21- to 24-year-olds – £7.70 per hour
- 18- to 20-year-olds – £6.15 per hour
- 16- to 17-year-olds – £4.35 per hour
- apprentices – £3.90 per hour
From April, the minimum contributions will be 8%, of which the employer must pay at least 3%. So in most cases the employees will pay 5%, the employer 3%.
Increased statutory family and sick pay rates
In April the weekly amount for statutory family pay rates will increase to £148.68. This rate will apply to maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay and maternity allowance.
The weekly rate for statutory sick pay is expected to increase to £94.25 from 6 April 2019.
Increased statutory week’s pay
The limit on a week’s pay (used for calculating statutory redundancy payments and the basic award for unfair dismissal) will increase from £508 to £525.