Statutory rates

Overview

Last Modified  20 May 2017

Compensation limits

Payments                                                
From 6 April 2016
From 6 April 2017
Limit on guarantee payments£26
£27
Limit on a week's pay for calculating redundancy and unfair dismissal basic award£479
£489
Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy payment (30 weeks' pay subject to the limit on week's pay£14,370
£14,670
Minimum basic award for dismissal on trade union, health and safety, occupational pension scheme trustee, employee representative and on working time grounds only£5,853
£5,970
Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal£78,962
£80,541
Minimum compensation for employees excluded/expelled from trade union£8,939
£9,118
Contract claims (if a claim for breach of contract (eg wrongful dismissal) is brought in an employment tribunal, compensation is capped at £25,000. If the claim is for more than £25,000, it can be made in the county court or high court£25,000
£25,000

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Family-friendly payments

PaymentsFrom 3 April 2016From 2 April 2017
Statutory shared parental pay (ShPP)
Statutory rate or 90% of employee's weekly earnings if this is lower.
£139.58£140.98
Statutory maternity pay (SMP)
First six weeks – 90% of employee's average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at the statutory rate or 90% of employee's weekly earnings if this is lower.
£139.58£140.98
Statutory adoption pay (SAP)
First six weeks – 90% of employee's average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at the statutory rate or 90% of employee's weekly earnings if this is lower.
£139.58£140.98
Statutory paternity pay (SPP)
Statutory rate or 90% of employee's weekly earnings if this is lower.
£139.58£140.98

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Statutory sick pay

PaymentFrom 6 April 2016From 6 April 2017
Statutory sick pay£88.45£89.35

More information: Sick leave and pay.

National minimum wage

AgeFrom 1 April 2016From 1 October 2016From 1 April 2017
Workers aged 25 and over (National Living Wage)£7.20 an hour£7.20 an hour£7.50 an hour
Workers aged 21–24£6.70 an hour£6.95 an hour£7.05 an hour
Development rates for workers aged 18–20£5.30 an hour£5.55 an hour£5.60 an hour
Young workers rate for workers aged 16–17£3.87 an hour£4.00 an hour£4.05 an hour
Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in first year of the apprenticeship£3.30 an hour£3.40 an hour£3.50 an hour

More information:National minimum wage.

Disclosure and barring fees


CheckFee
Enhanced DBS check£44
Standard DBS check£26
DBS adult first check£6
Registration application£300
Countersignatory£5

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Vetting and barring

National insurance contribution thresholds


£ per week (unless stated)2016–20172017–2018
Lower earnings limit, primary Class 1£112£113
Upper earnings limit, primary Class 1£827£866
Upper secondary threshold for under 21s (from April 2015)£827£866
Primary threshold£155£157
Secondary threshold£156£157
Class 2 rate£2.80£2.85
Small earnings exception (replaced by Small profits threshold from 6 April 2015)£5,965 pa£6,025 pa
Special Class 2 rate for volunteer development workers£5.60£5.65
Class 3 rate£14.10£14.25
Class 4 rate lower profits limit£8,060 pa£8,164 pa
Class 4 rate upper profits limit£43,000 pa£45,000 pa
 
 
NB Employer NICs were abolished for apprentices under 25 earning below £827 from 6 April 2016.