Changes to statutory payments

It’s April, and here are the annual increase in employment related statutory payments.

1 April 2017 - New national minimum wage rates in England and Wales

Historically, the annual increase of the national minimum wage took place on 1 October.  However, the introduction of the national living wage rate in April 2016 for those aged 25 and over meant that the annual increase dates of the national living and national minimum rates were out of sync. The government has now aligned the dates to 1 April. The new rates are set out in the table below.

Age

Rate

New hourly rate

£

Percentage increase

%

25 +

living

7.50

4.2

21 - 24

normal

7.05

1.4

18 - 20

development

5.60

0.9

16 - 17

16 – 17 year olds

4.05

1.25

Apprentice under 19 or over 19 in first year

apprentice

3.50

2.9

The accommodation offset is now £6.40 a day and £42.00 a week.

These changes have impacted on the following agricultural workers in Wales:

Age

Grade

New hourly rate £

25 +

1

7.50

21 - 24

1

7.05

16 - 20

1

6.72

 

1

Full time flexible worker

7.50

 

1

Part-time flexible worker

7.50

25+

2

7.50

At the time of writing, proposals submitted by the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales are being considered. In the meantime, the minimum rates set in the Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order 2016 continue to apply to all the other categories and grades of workers and to apprentices.

6 April 2017 - Employment related payments and awards 

Type of statutory payment

Interval or maximum

New rate/cap £

Sick pay (SSP)

week

89.35

Maternity (SMP), Paternity (SPP), Adoption (SAP)

week

140.98

 

Redundancy (SRP) 

week

489.00

Unfair dismissal

compensatory award

maximum*

80,541.00

 *in some cases compensation is unlimited.

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