National Wage Increases April 2019
In a few weeks time the national minimum wage will increase. As of 1st April 2019 the new rates will be as follows:
Now From April 2019
|Now||From April 2019|
|25 and over||£7.83||£8.21||National Living Wage|
|21 to 24||£7.38||£7.70|
|18 to 20||£5.90||£6.15|
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
Example An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.90.
Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:
- are aged 19 or over
- have completed the first year of their apprenticeship
Example: An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.70.
You must be school leaving age, see the government guide lines on school leaving age, to get the National Minimum wage and aged 25 or over to get the National Living Wage.
The government website will help you work out minimum wages for different types of work if your employees are not paid by the hour. Click here for more information.
There is also the Real Living Wage, and Living London wage, find out more here.
Statutory Sick Pay
Statutory Sick Pay will also increase. The amount you must pay depends on the amount of qualifying days they work each week. You can use the HMRC SSP calculator to work this out.
|Unrounded daily rates||Number of QDs in week||1 day to pay||2 days to pay||3 days to pay||4 days to pay||5 days to pay||6 days to pay||7 days to pay|
Statutory Maternity Pay
Currently SSP is £92.05 and in April 2019 it will rise to £94.25 with the lower earnings limit rising form £116 to £118.
Maternity pay will increase from £145.18 to £148.68.
The previous weekly rate of statutory maternity pay is £145.18, or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate. This will increase to £148.68. This increase normally occurs on the first Sunday in April, which in 2019 is 7th April.
The rates of of statutory paternity pay and statutory shared parental pay will also increase on 7th April 2019 to go up from £145.18 to £148.68 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate).
The rate of statutory adoption pay will increase from £145.18 to £148.68. This means that, from 7 April 2019, statutory adoption pay is payable at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings for the first six weeks, with the remainder of the adoption pay period at the rate of £148.68, or 90% of average weekly earnings if this is less than £148.68.
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