Changes to National Minimum Wage – 2019 Budget

Employers should mark their diary for 1 April. On that date, the hourly rate of the national living wage and national minimum wage will increase as follows:

• For workers aged 25 and over from £7.83 to £8.21
• For workers aged 21-24 from £7.38 to £7.70
• For workers aged 18- 20 from £5.90 to £6.15
• For workers aged 16- 17 from £4.20 to £4.35

The apprenticeship rate will also increase from £3.70 to £3.90.
From 6 April, statutory sick pay (SSP) increases from £92.05 to £94.25 a week.
From 7 April, the statutory rates for family-friendly leave increases from £145.18 a week to £148.68.
From 6 April, employees (and, for the first time, workers) must receive an itemised pay statement setting out the hours worked where pay varies. Employers should get ahead of the curve, making sure now that their payroll systems are able to comply with these changes.

If you have any queries regarding minimum wage, sick pay or family-friendly leave or indeed anything else raised in this article, please contact our expert Charlotte Braham on 01494 521301


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