National Minimum Wage Rates

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National minimum wage

National minimum wage rates are set to increase with effect from April 2022.

The new minimum hourly rates are as follows:

 

Age Rate from 1 April 2022   Rates from 1 April 2021 
23 years and over (National Living Wage) £9.50 £8.91
21 years to 22 years £9.18 £8.36
18 years to 20 years £6.83 £6.56
Under 18 years £4.81 £4.62
Apprentices aged under 19, or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship £4.81 £4.30

 

 

Statutory payments

 

Statutory payment Weekly rates from April 2021 
Statutory sick pay* £96.35
Statutory Maternity Pay for the first 6 weeks of maternity leave 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings
Statutory Maternity Pay for remaining period of maternity leave £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Paternity Pay £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Shared Parental Pay £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Maternity Allowance £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Adoption Pay for the first 6 weeks of maternity leave 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings
Statutory Adoption Pay for remaining period of maternity leave £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower

 

* Although the same weekly rate applies to all employees for SSP, the amount payable per day an employee is absent will depend on the number of ‘qualifying days’ they work each week.

 

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Last updated: 26 October 2021

 

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