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National Minimum Wage increases 2022

National Minimum Wage increases are on the way.

April brings some changes to rates of pay and its essential that organisations are ready to implement them to make sure they don’t find themselves in breach of the law.

Alongside the traditional National Minimum Wage increase, there is of course also the increase to National Insurance Contributions.

National Minimum Wage 2022/2023

From 1 April 2022 increases as follows:

Age 23 and over£9.50 per hour (up from £8.91) (National Living Wage Rate)
Age 21-22£9.18 per hour (up from£ 8.36)
Age 18-20£6.83 per hour (up from £6.56)
Age 16-17£4.81 per hour (up from £4.62)

Apprentice Rates

For apprentices up to the age of 19 or in their first year the rate will increase to £4.81 per hour (up from £4.30). Apprentices over 19 or those who have completed their first year are entitled to the NMW rate of pay for their age as above.

National Insurance Contributions

From 6 April 2022 there will be an increase of 1.25% for both employee and employer contributions.

Statutory Sick Pay

From 6 April 2022                   £99.35 per week (up from £96.35)

Employees will need to be earning a minimum of £123 per week to qualify for SSP (up from £120).

Family Friendly Pay

From 3 April 2022 Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Parental Bereavement and Shared Parental Pay will increase to £156.66 per week (up from £151.97) or 90% of the employee’s weekly earnings if that’s lower.

Employees will need to be earning a minimum of £123 per week to qualify for the above payments, except for Statutory Maternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay, where the employee is entitled to 90% of their normal weekly earnings for the first 6 weeks.

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