Statutory rates increased with effect from 6thApril 2019 and these adjustments need to be reflected in relevant employee’s earnings going forward.
Employers should check whether they have any employees who fall into any of the following situations:
- Currently receiving the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. Employers will also need to check the age of the employee as rates vary according to age.
- On sick leave and entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- On Family Leave including Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Shared Parental Leave
- In a redundancy situation.
If an employee’s earnings will vary due to the increases, he/she should be notified by the organisation of the change and the reason for the change.
The new rates are detailed below:
The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage
These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.
25 and over
21 to 24
18 to 20
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
- aged under 19
- aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
Statutory sick pay
Statutory sick pay increased from £92.05 to £94.25 per week. The employee’s average earnings must be equal to or more than the lower earnings limit. The lower earnings limit has increased to £118 from 6thApril.
Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Pay
The rate applicable to each form of Family Leave is now £148.68 per week or 90% of average earnings if this is lower than the Statutory rate.
The cap on a week’s pay in a redundancy situation is now £525.00 per week with a maximum payable of £15,750.