Updates to Statutory Employment Rates From April 2024

statutory employment payments from april 2024


New Statutory Employment Rates from April 2024


The annual uplifts in UK statutory employment rates and payments are as follows for 2024:


Statutory Redundancy Pay


Basic award calculations for statutory redundancy pay will now consider a maximum week’s pay of £643 up to 5 April 2024 and £700 from 6 April 2024. The maximum basic award, capped at 30 weeks’ pay, will be £19,290 until 5 April 2024 and will increase to £21,000 from 6 April 2024.


Guarantee Payments


In instances of lay-off or short-time working, the legal minimum payment is £35 per day, up to £175 over five days in any three-month period, until 5 April 2024. This increases to £38 per day, up to £190 from 6 April 2024.


National Minimum and Living Wages


From 1 April 2024, the National Living Wage will extend to workers aged 21 and over. Current rates up to 31 March 2024 are as follows: £5.28 per hour for apprentices under 19 or in their first year, £7.49 for apprentices in their second year and beyond, £5.28 for workers aged 16-17, £7.49 for workers aged 18-20, £10.18 for workers aged 21-22, and £10.42 for those 23 and over. From 1 April 2024, the rates will increase to £6.40 for apprentices, £8.60 for workers aged 18-20, and £11.44 for those aged 21 and over.


Statutory Sick Pay


Employees are eligible for up to 28 weeks of SSP, which will be £109.40 per week until 5 April 2024, increasing to £116.75 from 6 April 2024.


Statutory Maternity, Paternity, and Adoption Pay


For 39 weeks, the pay is £172.48 until 5 April 2024 and will rise to £184.03 from 6 April 2024. The first six weeks are paid at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings.


Maternity Allowance


From 9 April 2024, the rate is £172.48 per week, increasing to £184.03 from 10 April 2024.


Statutory Shared Parental and Bereavement Pay


Pay is £172.48 weekly until 1 April 2024, increasing to £184.03 from 2 April 2024.


Need assistance?


Employers should adjust their payroll systems accordingly to comply with these updates. For specialist advice on the new rules and how they impact your organisation, contact employment law and HR experts.


Last updated: 6 April 2024


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