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April Changes

Published 8 abril 2021

Annual changes in statutory rates, limits and benefits will take effect in April. This article sets out the key changes.

THE FACTS

National Minimum Wage

Changes to the National Minimum Wage will take effect from 1 April 2021.

The age at which employees become entitled to the National Living Wage will change from 25 to 23 years old. 

Age

Current Rate

New Rate

National Living Wage - 23 and over

 

£8.72

£8.91

21 to 22

 

£8.20

£8.36

18 to 20

 

£6.45

£6.56

16 to 17

 

£4.55

£4.92

Apprentice rate for those aged under 18, or in the first year of apprenticeship

£4.15

£4.30

Statutory payments for time off work

The following changes are effective from 4 April 2021: 

Payment type

Current rate

New rate

Statutory Maternity Pay

£151.20

£151.97

Statutory Paternity Pay

£151.20

£151.97

Statutory Adoption Pay

£151.20

£151.97

Shared Parental Pay

£151.20

£151.97

Statutory Sick Pay

£95.85

£96.35

 Compensation Limits

The following limits come into effect from 6 April 2021: 

Type of compensation

Current limit

New limit

Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal

£16,140

£16,320

Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal (subject to a cap of one year’s salary)

£88,519

£89,493

Week’s pay

£538

£544

Redundancy

The following limits come into effect from 6 April 2021: 

Week’s pay

£538

£544

Maximum redundancy payment

£16,140

£16,320

 

Authors

Zoë Wigan

Zoë Wigan

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6564

Hilary Larter

Hilary Larter

Leeds

+44 (0)113 251 4710

Ceri Fuller

Ceri Fuller

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6583

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